Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch on Sunday.
"We're trying to make sure we’re extra careful with him," Ventura said, per Comcast's Dan Hayes. "He doesn’t seem to be concerned about it as much as we do."
Setup man Jake Petricka isn't as far along as Robertson. He played catch on Saturday for the first time in five days.
The Sox are taking it slow, so that the team will have both pitchers for Opening Day as well as the rest of the season.
"You’re just making sure you’re cautious enough that you feel good about when (they go) out there that there won’t be any setbacks,” Ventura said.Analysis:
"When you're sidelined for so long, getting back to normalcy is really comforting, it's reassuring mentally for me," Richards said.
He gave up just one hit with five strikeouts in the outing.
"When you get hurt, you initially have these questions running through your head. 'Am I going to be the same? How is this thing going to respond? Where am I going to be in my career?' But everything is really clicking. My leg is getting stronger every week."
Rehab continues to progress slow and hopes to be ready by mid-April.
"This is something we want to do right the first time," Richards said. "We want to make sure this thing is ready to go when they put me in there, when the lights are on and the games mean something. I want to be 100%."Analysis:
"I thought his stuff was good," manager Chip Hale said. "Used his offspeed stuff and looked like he confused some hitters, so that's what we're looking for."
Hellickson allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched Saturday.
"I'd like to not give up as many hits as I've given up two of the four starts anyway," said Hellickson. "The good thing is I don't think too many of them were hard hit. Curveball still has a ways to go, but I think the fastball and fastball command is pretty much where I want it. The changeup wasn't bad today. It was a little better last time, but for the most part it was down today which is all I can ask for."Analysis:
"If that's what I'm going to do, that's fine," Estrada said. "I told these guys I just want to be out there to help this team win. That's all I care about. If it's starting, awesome. If it's relieving, that's fine. I just want to help, I want to win, I want to get into the playoffs and that's all that matters."
Estrada gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work Saturday against the Braves.
"I'll be honest, I felt a little weird out there, being out there again," Estrada said. "I just haven't seen a hitter in a couple of weeks almost. Timing was a little off, rushed a few pitches that I left up, a few changeups that I missed up, but other than that, I felt pretty good other than missing two weeks."
He is also feeling healthier after battling an ankle injury at the beginning of spring training.
"The ankle is much better. It's getting there, I can go out there and pitch, it's not a big deal anymore. Just every day it has been feeling much better. There's not much we can do right now. Need another day or two and it will probably be gone."Analysis:
Manager Bob Melvin "pumped" about the good news on Parker, who is expected to start the season with an extended spring training. Parker is still recovering his elbow from Tommy John surgery.Analysis:
"It's kinda like a trust factor," Strasburg said. "You sprain your ankle really bad you're bracing for it so it's hard to get over that. I didn't really feel anything alarming so it's progress. I've just gotta keep going out there and I'm sure it'll be an afterthought soon."
Strasburg still thinks he has enough time to get his ankle right for his first start of the regular season.
"Yeah, it's going to have to be," Strasburg said. "The thing is you make 33 starts. The biggest thing is having the stamina up there, and I'm just going to go out there and give everything I have and keep plugging along."Analysis:
De La Rosa left his only Cactus League start on March 20th due to the injury.
"I'm really frustrated, but what I can do is just stay calm," De La Rosa said. "I tried to rush it, and you saw what happened last time."
The 33-year-old is looking to build his pitch count between spring training and Minor League rehab games.Analysis:
Saunders is hoping to do some light running in the next few days. He is taking swings in minor league games, but not running the bases.
"I literally hit and just go back to the dugout," he said. "I'm trying to stay ahead of the game and get my timing back so that when I am ready to start [a full range of baseball activities], it's just one less thing I have to worry about."Analysis:
Smyly, who is recovering shoulder tendinitis, has thrown two bullpen sessions since picking up the injury. There is still hope Smyly will be able to pitch in a game before the end of spring training.Analysis:
"I'm not too worried about it," Tolleson saidAnalysis: