BOSTON — At a time when it’s reasonable to contemplate how the rest of the season would look without David Price, the Red Sox got a scare Friday night when lefty Drew Pomeranz was removed in the top of the fourth inning.
The initial diagnosis, back spasms, was encouraging considering the arm trouble Pomeranz had last year and into this year. His left elbow was in question coming into 2017, but he’s proved the most reliable Sox pitcher behind Chris Sale.
There was one out in the fourth inning at Fenway Park when Pomeranz delivered a 1-0 pitch for a ball to the Yankees’ Chase Headley. The lefty exited with a team trainer with the Red Sox leading 2-0. Brandon Workman entered in relief.
Before Friday night’s game, Sox manager John Farrell said the team was not looking outside the organization for rotation help in response to a question about Price’s health situation.
“I don’t think we’ve thought about going outside or bringing somebody up from Pawtucket to replace anybody in the rotation thus far,” Farrell said. “Our focus has been doing whatever we can to get David back and we haven’t abandoned that yet.”
An injury to another starter — such as Pomeranz — however, would be a big blow as the Sox wait to see what will happen with Price.