Porcello pushed back in rotation to next weekend
With two off-days in a five-day span, manager Jim Leyland had a choice to make on shuffling his rotation. He wasn’t going to give Justin Verlander extra rest, since Verlander doesn’t feel comfortable pitching with anything more than a normal turn. He also worked it so that Phil Coke starts next week against both Seattle and Cleveland.
The result is that Rick Porcello will be skipped next turn through the rotation. He’ll start next Saturday against the Indians at Progressive Field, giving him nine days’ rest after his last start at Seattle.
The break will allow Porcello to get him some extra work done. He threw his regular side session today, and he’ll get another one Wednesday, which could include hitters in a live session. He estimates he’ll also get in a few extra long-tossing sessions, which is key for him to continue to build up his velocity.
“It’s slowly coming back,” Porcello said this afternoon. “It was a little bit better last time out, but again, it’s not near where I want it consistently.”