Right-hander Rick Porcello of Chester is still working his way back to Boston’s starting rotation. He had a rough start, allowing two runs in the first and a solo homer to lead off the second in what turned into a 7-3 victory for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Porcello settled down, allowing just those three runs on three hits, striking out six, walking one, and hitting a batter over 5 2/3 innings for the PawSox. He retired the final 13 batters he faced, striking out five of the last six.
Porcello had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right tricep on Aug. 2, the 26-year-old’s first trip to the DL. He has a 5-11 record and 5.81 ERA, highest in the American League.
Porcello left Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium after the eighth inning and was unavailable to the media. The next step is a bullpen session on Sunday. He could be recalled to the Red Sox in time for a six-game road trip against the White Sox and Mets.
“It looked like the effort level got under control a little bit,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles told The Sun-Chronicle. “He showed a little bit better command down in the zone with his fastball. He was able to throw some quality changeups and breaking balls. It was a good adjustment by him after the first couple innings.”