Some leftover news and notes from Red Sox spring training on the final day before the club’s Grapefruit League opener against the Twins:
Sox set six-man rotation for spring games
The Red Sox are planning on using a six-man rotation at the beginning of Grapefruit League play, pitching coach Dave Bush said. They’ll then whittle it down to a five-man staff in the second half of play.
As previously announced, righty Nathan Eovaldi will start Sunday’s spring opener against the Twins and newcomer Garrett Richards will pitch Monday against the Braves. Bush announced the rest of the order, with Martin Perez (Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay), Nick Pivetta (Wednesday vs. Minnesota), Matt Andriese (Thursday vs. Baltimore) and Eduardo Rodriguez (Friday vs. Tampa Bay) filling in the final four spots. It’s unclear if Tanner Houck or Rule 5 pick Garrett Whitlock will get a chance to start games.
“We’re going to go with a six-man rotation early because I think it fits the pitcher progression better that way,” Bush said. “I like keeping guys on six (days) just for a little while to spread out their increases and number of pitches.”
Bush said the Red Sox haven’t decided if they’ll have a five- or six-man rotation fo the start of the regular season.
“I’ll try anything,” Bush said. “If we think it fits our personnel. If we had six great starters and that’s the way we felt like our staff lined up…