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by: Rob Bradford on Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:55pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. — So much has been made of the competition for the last spot in the Red Sox’ bullpen. The reality is that, for at least a few days, it might not make a difference.
Prior to the Red Sox’ game against the Orioles Monday at JetBlue Park, John Farrell insinuated there could be a scenario where the team breaks camp with eight relief pitchers and just four starters.
It makes some sense.
With the off day after the opener, the Red Sox wouldn’t need a fifth starter until April 8.
Who that starter might be is dependent on Drew Pomeranz, whose status for the beginning of the schedule is in doubt due to his latest setback, triceps soreness. Even if Pomeranz doesn’t miss his next Grapefruit League start, it would seem a stretch that he would have enough time to get in position to confidently take that first opportunity.
There is a chance Kyle Kendrick (who pitched well again Monday) could replace Pomeranz that first time through. Still, come Opening Day, the roster will see some combination of Fernando Abad, Robby Scott, or Noe Ramirez.
Abad would seem to have the upper hand in making the team right now because, unlike the others, he is out of options.