NEW YORK -- Drew Pomeranz isn't one of those players who gets unnerved by joining a new organization. As the talented lefty met up with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Sunday -- three days after he was traded over from the Padres -- it was again time to
NEW YORK -- Drew Pomeranz isn't one of those players who gets unnerved by joining a new organization. As the talented lefty met up with the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Sunday -- three days after he was traded over from the Padres -- it was again time to make new friends.
"This is my fifth organization in the last six years, so I'm ready for anything at all times," said Pomeranz.
And Pomeranz even had a good comeback when asked why he's moved around so much already at the age of 27.
"I don't know, apparently someone still wants me," Pomeranz said.
The Red Sox obviously wanted him a lot, trading their top-ranked pitching prospect in 18-year-old righty Anderson Espinoza.
Shortly after arriving at Yankee Stadium, Pomeranz threw a bullpen session in front of manager John Farrell and pitching coach Carl Willis. Pomeranz will debut for his new team on Wednesday night at Fenway Park against the Giants.
"Yeah, a 35-pitch 'pen just to watch him throw, watch him go through his routine, see the action to his stuff," said Farrell. "A very simple delivery that's repeatable, obviously, and we're obviously looking forward to Wednesday when he gets on the mound for us."
Pomeranz was actually supposed to face the Giants on Sunday in San Diego for the Padres.
"I can't really get away from them," quipped Pomeranz.
This has been a breakout season for Pomeranz, thanks to the improvement of his pitch mix.
"The cutter has really helped me stay in the game longer and helped me get past the five, six innings a little more consistently," Pomeranz.
Red Sox fans will soon get accustomed to Pomeranz's knuckle curve.
"I spike it and I flick it forward," Pomeranz said. "But maybe the one other person I know that throws like that is my brother. My dad taught us that."
Like Aaron Hill and Brad Ziegler, Pomeranz has suddenly gone from a non-contender to a team that has the goal of playing deep into October.
"Yeah, it's pretty exciting coming here, being on a team that all they want to do is win out there, and I'm excited to get out there on the mound and get that first start under the belt and keep going," said Pomeranz.
• Left fielder Blake Swihart, who has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a left ankle sprain, could start a Minor League rehab assignment by next weekend. The Red Sox remain unsure if Swihart will be able to catch when he returns because of the stress it would put on his ankle.
• Though Joe Kelly was impressive in his last Minor League relief appearance for Pawtucket, the Red Sox don't have a set plan on when they will recall him. As it is, the club needs to open up a roster spot for setup man Junichi Tazawa's return from the disabled list, which could happen by Wednesday or Thursday.
"Typically with a two-inning outing there's going to be a couple of days down and back in the ballgame after that," Farrell said of Kelly. "While this transition is going as we had hoped in terms of his converting into a reliever working strictly out of the stretch, there's been no discussion as a return date to here yet."
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.