The Red Sox held two Zoom calls with the media Thursday in the span of 90 minutes and the juxtaposition couldn't have been more jarring.
On the first, Chris Sale, rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery from the end of March, spoke from the team's spring training headquarters in Fort Myers and detailed the long, arduous process through which he'd been traveling.
On the next, Ron Roenicke, in his daily pre-game media availability, was asked about his team's pitching plans for the upcoming four-game series in Yankee Stadium which starts Friday.
Roenicke said the first game will be a "bullpen game'' for the Red Sox, followed by Nathan Eovaldi on Saturday. Later, he said the Red Sox had a candidate to start Sunday's game, but couldn't announce it yet, indicating it will require a callup from the team's alternate training site. Finally, MartinPerez will pitch the series finale Monday.
The pitching plans were a sober reminder that, on the eve of a four-game series with their biggest rivals, the Red Sox only have two reputable MLB-caliber starting pitchers lined up.