WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- After holding back his starting rotation in the first few weeks of Grapefruit League play in recognition of their workload late in last October, Alex Cora is set to have his pitchers all take a turn in actual games by the middle of next week.
Rick Porcello, who threw live batting practice back in Fort Myers Tuesday, will start Sunday, followed by Chris Sale Monday, David Price next Tuesday and Nathan Eovaldi next Wednesday. Sale will actually pitch in either a minor league game or a controlled scrimmage because the Sox are off on Monday.
Eduardo Rodriguez, who didn't pitch nearly as much as his rotation mates last October, has already made two Grapefruit League starts and will make a third Saturday.
Cora was critical of Rodriguez Monday in Port St. Lucie when Rodriguez needed 35 pitches to get six outs against the Mets, faulting him for his lack of aggressiveness on the mound.