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Red Sox notes: Starting rotation officially announced; Steven Wright gets PRP injection

Ryan Hannable
March 26, 2018 - 4:44 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It seems like the Red Sox' Opening Day 25-man roster is set and the starting rotation is also set as well.

Speaking Monday afternoon, manager Alex Cora said the starting rotation would be as follows: Chris Sale (Thursday vs. Tampa), David Price (Friday vs. Tampa), Rick Porcello (Saturday vs. Tampa), Hector Velazquez (Sunday vs. Tampa) and Brian Johnson (Monday vs. Miami).

The thing the team was deciding on was the order of the No. 4 and 5 starters, and Cora said it was a team effort to make that decision.

“We just, talked to Zack [Scott] about it, Dana [LeVangie], teamwork," Cora said. "We feel that the matchup for Velazquez is better in Tampa and BJ [Brian Johnson] is better in Miami. Also, the rumor is BJ can swing the bat. That was seven years ago. We’ll see.”

The team will have several of its starters open the year on the disabled list, all of whom were placed on the 10-day DL Monday.

Drew Pomeranz has a left forearm flexor strain, Eduardo Rodriguez is recovering from right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction surgery and Steven Wright is recovering from a cartilage restoration procedure performed on his left knee.

Cora said Wright received a PRP injection in his left knee on Monday.

"He went to see the doctor and he had a PRP injection and it's not a setback it's just part of the process," he said. "I think we pushed him hard enough but now we ran out of time. So we're going to make sure he takes his time. Whatever it is, sooner rather than later. He's in a good spot but we ran out of time with him. So he'll be on the DL."

It's also important to note Wright's 15-game suspension does not go into effect until he's on the active roster.


-- Cora was asked what he's learned as his first spring training as a manager comes to a close.

"It’s not that I learned I knew that for us to improve, to be in the position we’re in, forget the record - although we have 20 wins -- it’s the way we’re playing," he said. "We’re playing clean baseball, we’re playing fast baseball and it’s the guys around me. That’s the most important thing. Ron Roenicke, Carlos Febles, Tom Goodwin, Dana LeVangie, CB, Ramon, Timmy, Andy, the minor league staff. It’s more than just Alex Cora and I feel very comfortable that way. I was telling Dana yesterday I was watching the game and just watching it and I said, ‘Hey Dana if you see me quiet like this don’t worry.’ I trust you guys and I know you know what you’re doing. I trust our coaching staff and that’s what they’re here for. This organization, those guys on the back fields do an outstanding job. You see it. The level of playing doesn’t go down when they come in."

Cora added: "I’m very comfortable where I’m at. I know there are two or three more days till Thursday. Looking forward to it. I feel great man. I learned a lot. The most important thing is that I have to be myself . I can’t change for anybody. The circumstances are going to change. We know where we’re at. I understand that I’ve been saying it, the 24-hour, seven-day a week experience is there but keep enjoying it man. This is a game. I’m 42 years old. I’ve got twins and a daughter who loves the Red Sox and loves her dad. And when the game is over I’m going to go back to them. So they’re going to keep me in place."

-- Despite not being able to play, Dustin Pedroia will be traveling with the team, at least to start the season.

"Pedey will be with us. Let’s be honest, for him to be there in my first big league — well, I managed last year, but the real ones — it’ll be special for me. I think it’s special for him too," Cora said. "Just to be there the first day. I know he hates the fact that he’s not going to be in the lineup. I know it’s special, it means a lot to both of us. And the rehab is very important to be around us, I think, with Brad and everybody. So he’ll travel with us. He’ll get close, then he’ll disappear and go somewhere, either here or wherever he has to go to get his at-bats and we’ll go from there."