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Pomeranz set to return, start Tuesday vs. O's

Devers could be activated Saturday; Wright's timetable still unclear
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DETROIT -- The indefinite loss of Eduardo Rodriguez (severe right ankle sprain) has created an opportunity for Drew Pomeranz, who will return from his latest stint on the disabled list and start Tuesday night's game at Camden Yards against the Orioles.

Rodriguez sustained his injury just before the All-Star break.

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DETROIT -- The indefinite loss of Eduardo Rodriguez (severe right ankle sprain) has created an opportunity for Drew Pomeranz, who will return from his latest stint on the disabled list and start Tuesday night's game at Camden Yards against the Orioles.

Rodriguez sustained his injury just before the All-Star break.

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Pomeranz was strong for Triple-A Pawtucket in a Minor League rehab start on Wednesday, allowing one hit and one run over six innings. The lefty has been out since June 1 with left biceps tendinitis and then a neck issue.

"We were very happy with the way he pitched two days ago. It's not about the result, the line was great obviously. He was able to command his fastball. His breaking ball felt normal," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He threw a bullpen today and he came in and told me, 'Hey man, I'm ready to go.' We're going with him. We know the talent and what he did last year. Just for him to go out there and repeat his delivery, control his pitches and compete. We do feel he's in that stage right now."

Pomeranz started the season late due to a left forearm flexor strain he sustained in Spring Training, and he then struggled during his brief period of activation, going 1-3 with a 6.81 ERA in eight starts.

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But he was tremendous for the Red Sox in 2017, and particularly down the stretch.

"It's good timing," Cora said. "We needed him anyways. We need Steven Wright also, but I don't know if the injury [to Rodriguez] had to do with the way he went about it last outing. I think he was going to be very aggressive anyway, but he understands. He knows where we're at. He knows that we need him. For him to feel that way, especially the way he went about it the last time, we're in a good place. He'll be OK."

Things aren't so good for Wright, who remains sidelined with inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee.

The Red Sox are no closer to knowing when he might be able to return.

"He hasn't thrown since Saturday or Sunday, the last time we were there," Cora said. "Yesterday [trainer] Brad [Pearson] said it wasn't a great day. We kept him there, He's going to get treatment. It's a short road trip, so hopefully when we get back we'll get better news, and he can get back to baseball activity."

Devers could return Saturday
Third baseman Rafael Devers is eligible to return from the disabled list on Saturday, and Cora is hopeful the big left-handed hitter will return then from his left shoulder injury.

"We're going to wait and see how he feels," Cora said. "He went back home, went to the academy [in the Dominican Republic], hit there, got treatment there, too. He feels OK; we'll see him today take grounders and hit. If everything goes right he should be active [Saturday]."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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