VENICE, Fla. — Garrett Richards is currently in a fight with his mechanics. And until he finds them and syncs them up, you might see more outings like the last two, in which he labored.
Boston’s new No. 3 starter struggled in his second outing of Spring Training, giving up three hits, four runs and four walks while striking out two in his team’s 5-4 loss to the Braves on Sunday.
“Out of his delivery. Obviously we don’t like the walks,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “But like I told him after the outing, I asked him, ‘Are you healthy?’ He’s like, ‘Yep,” and that’s all that matters right now. Obviously we have to make adjustments, but we’re getting to know the individual.
“It’s a different delivery. There’s a few things that [pitching coach Dave Bush] has noticed in the two outings. It’s just a matter of, ‘Keep working hard.’ We’re good with the stuff. He doesn’t like the walks, we don’t like the walks. Just keep building and getting ready for opening week.”