Pitching concerns for Red Sox rotation

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

With recent developments concerning David Price and Chris Sale, the accomplishments of Rick Porcello on Friday and Eduardo Rodriguez Saturday become even more important.

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Porcello served up six strong innings in a 9-1 Red Sox win and Rodriguez (pictured) threw 7.1 shutout innings in a 4-0 victory as Boston clings to its thin hopes of making the playoffs.

Price threw on flat ground Friday and threw a bullpen off the mound prior to Saturday's contest with the Orioles; he could be back within the next week.

With Sale, the news Saturday that he'd been placed on the 10-day injured list came after strong back-to-back performances in his last two outings. An MRI revealed some inflammation in Sale's left elbow and now the Sox are looking to a couple of specialists (including Dr. James Andrews) to determine what kind of injury Sale has. As of right now, there is no timetable for his return.

Nathan Evoladi starts Sunday against the Orioles, and it's up in the air how deep into the game he will be able to go since his last 11 innings have all been in relief, none of them longer than two innings.

Brian Johnson is expected to take Sale's next start in the rotation which would be Tuesday against the Phillies.

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