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Thumb no issue for Porcello in intrasquad game

March 13, 2017

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Rick Porcello, working his way back from a minor right thumb issue, went five scoreless innings in a Minor League intrasquad game on Monday.The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits with no walks and six strikeouts on 75 pitches. Porcello, who has fanned

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Rick Porcello, working his way back from a minor right thumb issue, went five scoreless innings in a Minor League intrasquad game on Monday.
The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits with no walks and six strikeouts on 75 pitches. Porcello, who has fanned eight and given up four earned runs in two Grapefruit League outings, was struck in the right thumb on a line drive by the Mets' Yoenis Cespedes on Wednesday.
Manager John Farrell said Porcello pitched without any lingering issues.
"Threw the ball very well," Farrell said. "No ill effects from the comebacker the other day against the Mets, so a good day. A positive work day for Rick."
Worth noting
• Left-hander Edgar Olmos, who has had an impressive spring with one run allowed in six relief appearances, departed with two outs in the eighth after he slipped off the rain-dampened mound at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium while hustling to cover first base. He was diagnosed with a mild right hamstring strain and will be reevaluated on Tuesday.
• Reliever Carson Smith, nine months removed from Tommy John surgery, threw 15 to 18 pitches off a mound for the first time since the procedure, Farrell said. The righty was limited to only three games for the Red Sox in 2016 before being shut down in late May for the season.
"Coming back from Tommy John myself and seeing other pitchers, that's a marker that you're looking for -- getting on the mound for the first time," Farrell said. "He's done very good as far as consecutive days of long toss on high ground that's all been handled fine. So today, another positive step for him."
• First baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez, who did not join Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic while dealing with shoulder soreness, played catch again on Monday. Farrell said the three-time All-Star has been doing so off and on while he recovers.
"We're trying to make as quick a progress as safely as possible," Farrell said.
• Right-hander Tyler Thornburg continued to progress in his throwing program, getting up to 180 feet in long toss. The reliever is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday for the first time since his last spring outing on March 1 at Baltimore as he works to strengthen his shoulder, Farrell said.

Jeff Odom is a contributor to MLB.com.