Drew Pomeranz. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz was kind of a co-ace with Chris Sale last year, at least in the sense of matching Sale's team-high 17 wins.
But, after a 17-and-6 season and more than respectable 3-32 ERA, Pomeranz has been slowed in spring training with a strained flexor tendon. He suffered the setback in the first inning of his first start.
Good news, though: Pomeranz tested the elbow in a live batting practice session yesterday against Rafael Devers and Sandy Leon.
"That felt good," he said. "I don't know velocity-wise what it was, but it was carrying through, it was getting on 'em quick, and that's what I look for ... and that's the first day I've really gotten after it. I threw a bullpen out there another day where we were just kind of moving, but today I was actually kind of just firing them in there, and it felt pretty great, it felt normal."
Pomeranz said he hopes the next step is to get in a real game of some sort.
The Red Sox are 14-and-8 this spring and hosting the Phillies Monday, with Sale on the mound, after Brian Johnson's four scoreless frames in yesterday's 2-1 edging of the Pirates.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports