Jay Groome’s road to Boston Red Sox 40-man roster took several detours; ‘I’ve changed a lot from the kid I used to be’

Jay Groome’s journey from the 12th-overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft to the Boston Red Sox’s 40-man roster wasn’t an easy one. It took a couple of injury detours.

Boston announced Friday it added Groome and six other prospects — Bryan Mata, Connor Wong, Jeisson Rosario, Hudson Potts, Connor Seabold and Eduard Bazardo — to its 40-man roster. All seven players needed to be protected from December’s Rule 5 Draft.

“I’m just happy first off that I’m healthy and even put myself in this position,” Groome said during a phone interview Friday evening. “I’ve only pitched 8 or 9 innings (since the beginning of 2018), however many it was. but those are the cards that were dealt. I’m just thankful. I’m just happy that they still feel that way about me and are willing to give me an opportunity on the 40-man roster and to just go into big league camp and showcase what I can do. I just know that if I stay healthy, I know I can compete.”

Groome, who turned 22 in August, featured a plus-changeup and mid-90s fastball and drew comparisons to future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw when the Red Sox drafted him. But nothing has come easy for him since.

He left his first start of 2017 for Low-A Greenville with a lat injury. He gave up nine earned runs in 1 ⅓ innings that game. He was sidelined for more than two…

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