With Injuries To Red Sox Rotation, Dombrowski Must Weigh Options Well Red Sox fans; spring training has not been kind to your team. It started off with the news that starting pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright were not ready to join the team due to injuries that have held them out in the past. Now, $217 million man, David Price, who was scheduled to make his first start of spring training Sunday against Atlanta, has been scratched due to soreness in his throwing elbow.
Price intends to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews in the upcoming 24-48 hours, not good news for the Red Sox. Eduardo Rodriguez has made his return from his knee injury, but the 23-year old has never made more than 21 starts in a season, mostly due to the knee that has been giving him problems in his young career. Last year’s mid-season acquisition, Drew Pomeranz, experienced forearm pain last season, when he pitched a career-high 170.2 innings and underwent a painful stem cell injection to promote healing for the hurt forearm. Add this all up, and the Red Sox are in dire need for more pitching depth. Relying on pitchers such as Henry Owens, Roenis Elias, and Brian Johnson to eat up major league innings is a major mistake, but a mistake that manager John Farrell may have to face.
Looking back at Dave Dombrowski’s decision to trade starting pitcher Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies in what was essentially a salary dump, it would be fair to second guess the thought process behind it. I was forefront and adamant about the decision to trade the long-time Red Sox pitcher, as I believed it was a mistake that Dombrowski would soon regret. Now with the only healthy, capable arms thus far in spring training being Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, it is almost time to hit the panic button. Dombrowski still has some options, though. Although the trade market for starting pitching is not good, finding a capable starter who can eat some innings is a priority right now. A valuable trade chip the Red Sox can use to find a starting pitcher is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Given the depth the Red Sox have in the outfield, they could afford to dangle JBJ in trade talks, in the hopes of softening the blow of the Price injury. Dombrowski has been on record saying he does not regret the trading of Clay Buchholz, but everyone knows that’s not the case. The Red Sox had a thin rotation, that has taken some major blows here and the regular season has not even started. If Dombrowski wants to right the ship, he would be wise to find some starting pitching, because the Red Sox, all of a sudden, are dangerously thin.