Pomeranz demoted from Red Sox rotation
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The Boston Red Sox demoted struggling left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen on Thursday.
Manager Alex Cora informed Pomeranz of the decision prior to Thursday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
"He understands," Cora told reporters of Pomeranz. "Like I told him, he's still a big part of what we're trying to accomplish either in the bullpen or back in the rotation. We'll see.
"But we need this guy to be good and he knows it. He's working hard to do that. He threw a bullpen (session) today. They kept talking about mechanics and try to get it where he's comfortable and he's productive. But Drew Pomeranz is an important piece of this team."
Pomeranz was a career-best 17-6 for the Red Sox last season but is just 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA in 11 starts this season. He has served up 10 homers in just 51 1/3 innings and has also issued 32 walks while striking out 44.
Pomeranz has served two stints on the disabled list this season due to arm injuries.
Dropping Pomeranz out of the rotation leaves left-hander Brian Johnson (3-3, 4.00 ERA) as the fifth starter. Ace lefty Chris Sale (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the DL on Sunday to face the Baltimore Orioles.
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