The moment might be a little bigger than the Red Sox would have hoped, but Henry Owens will make his major league debut tomorrow night in Yankee Stadium against the division-leading New York Yankees.
Owens will pitch on regular rest, and his call-up will allow everyone else scheduled in the rotation to make their regular turn.
“It’s probably going to be the biggest stage that he’s going to make his debut on,” manager John Farrell said. “Ideally having another left-hander against that lineup in that ballpark.”
Farrell said the reports he has received on Owens indicate the pitcher has had better command lately. Owens struggled with his location early in the season, but has 54 strikeouts and 18 walks in his last 10 outings.
“In a nutshell it’s more quality strikes throughout the entire time he’s on the mound,” Farrell said.
Porcello to DL
Starter Rick Porcello won’t take the mound during the upcoming road trip, as the struggling right-hander will head to the disabled list with a right triceps strain.
Porcello said he felt something in the second inning last Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, an outing where he surrendered 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in just two innings. It was the second two-inning clunker Porcello made in July, and this latest setback is just another frustration in his first year with the team.
“Next day when I woke up the range of motion was (limited) — been working it out, playing catch and stuff, been getting progressively better each day,” Porcello said following the Red Sox’ 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay yesterday. “They want it to be something that’s completely gone, and not be anything that I need to worry about in my next start.”
Porcello was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 30. Reliever Ryan Cook, who was acquired from the Oakland A’s in a trade at the non-waiver deadline, took Porcello’s roster spot.
“I feel like I can be ready in a couple days but we’ll take the time and get it completely out of there and get ready to finish strong,” Porcello said.
Farrell said the Sox could have backed up Porcello to Saturday in Detroit, but the team decided to give him …Read More