FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have pitching plans for early next week that include the insertion of Steven Wright and Thomas Pomeranz into the rotation and Rick Porcello staying on track after getting hit on the right thumb by a hard grounder Wednesday.Knuckleballer Wright will make his Grapefruit
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have pitching plans for early next week that include the insertion of Steven Wright and Thomas Pomeranz into the rotation and Rick Porcello staying on track after getting hit on the right thumb by a hard grounder Wednesday.
Knuckleballer Wright will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday at Dunedin against the Blue Jays. Lefty Pomeranz will make his first start on Tuesday at home against the Jays.
Porcello underwent X-rays on the thumb that came back negative, and he will pitch against Red Sox Minor Leaguers in a camp game on Monday.
"He's a little swollen. He's not going to play catch today, but X-rays were negative," manager John Farrell said. "We still have him slated for his next start, which is going to be on Monday, and hopefully by tomorrow he's able to play some catch and get off the mound."
Wright and Pomeranz both came back at a slower pace this spring due to the injuries they had down the stretch last season.
Farrell expects that they should both begin the season in the starting rotation, which takes on added importance with the possibility David Price (left elbow strain) could be on the disabled list.
• Left-hander Roenis Elias, who gives the Red Sox organizational depth in the rotation and the bullpen, was a last-minute scratch from Thursday's start against Team USA due to a right intercostal strain. Minor League extra Jalen Beeks started in his place and fired two scoreless innings.
Farrell said Elias suffered the injury playing long toss before the game.
"It's hard to say [the severity] right now," Farrell said. "I know we're going through further testing to get the degree to which it's strained. We'll have more on this in the next 24 hours."
• The Red Sox Foundation announced that it received a $500,000 grant from the "Welcome Back Veterans," an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation that helps veterans and families of veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
The grant will support Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program, the first and largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing the invisible wounds for post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families.
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