Rick Porcello

Red Sox notes: Rick Porcello heads to disabled list for first time in career; Mookie Betts making progress

Rob Bradford
August 02, 2015 - 8:31 am

Many where wondering how the Red Sox were going to approach Rick Porcello's scheduled start Tuesday, with the righty suffering through a two-inning, 10-hit, six-run outing in his last appearance. Sunday there was an answer. The Red Sox placed Porcello on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 30) with a right triceps strain. Taking the place on the Sox' 25-man roster is newly-acquired reliever Ryan Cook. "He came out of his last start with soreness and inflammation in his triceps," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "The best way could have done would have been to push him back to Saturday to give him ample time, but we felt like that was going to be too much of a risk. We feel like it's a short-term thing, but at the same time, we need to be able to back him out of there. He wasn't going to be able to throw a bullpen today. While the symptoms are improving, there's still soreness there, so he goes on the disabled list." Farrell noted that the Red Sox still hadn't determined who would make the Tuesday start against the Yankees in New York. Candidates from Triple-A Pawtucket would be Brian Johnson and Henry Owens, although Johnson was scheduled to pitch Sunday, with Owens slated for Monday. Porcello, who has never previously been on the disabled list, said he first felt the tightness during the second inning of his previous start. "In the Chicago start, after the second inning, it started to feel a little tight, nothing, I didn't think it was a big deal, thought it was something I could work through," said Porcello, who threw prior to Sunday's game. "Next day when I woke up the range of motion was locked to right there '€“ been working it out, playing catch and stuff, been getting progressively better each day. They want it to be something that's completely gone, and not be anything that I need to worry about in my next start. I feel like I can ready in a couple days but we'll take the time and get it completely out of there and get ready to finish strong." The righty added, "I've never felt anything like this in my triceps before. Usually you feel elbow soreness or stiffness or stuff like that but I never felt anything right here in my triceps. I don't know." Porcello has the highest ERA (5.81) of any qualifying starter in the American League, and third-highest in the majors. Colorado's Kyle Kendrick is the highest at 6.43, with Milwaukee's Kyle Lohse sitting at 6.24. - A positive development for the Red Sox was news that Mookie Betts, who has been on the seven-day concussion disabled list after tumbling over the right fence July 28, is closer to returning. "Mookie turned a corner yesterday," said Farrell. "His headache has disappeared. He's going to be rechecked here in Boston. He won't travel to New York. He'll be rechecked here by midweek. He'll begin exertion testing today, and we'll continue to go through the MLB protocol for concussions. A much improved state with Mookie." Betts is expected to join the Red Sox for their weekend series in Detroit, at which time the outfielder will most likely resume baseball activities.