On Friday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced that Brayan Bello had been shut down from throwing through the weekend due to what he described as forearm soreness.
On Saturday, Bello provided an update on how he was feeling when speaking with reporters (including MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith) at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.
Bello first began experiencing tightness in his forearm after throwing a bullpen session at the Fenway South complex at the beginning of the week. The right-hander did not describe it as being painful.
“I didn’t feel any pain,” Bello said (through translator Carlos Villoria Benitez). “I just felt tight and I really didn’t want to force it.”
After showing signs of promise in his big-league debut last season, Bello came into camp this spring competing for a spot in Boston’s Opening Day starting rotation. Like Cora, the 23-year-old expressed confidence that he will be able to resume his throwing program in the coming days.
“I feel very anxious. I just want the moment to come,” said Bello. “I feel better right now that I can throw. So let’s wait until Monday.”
Though Bello did say he is feeling better, he also noted that the tightness he felt in his forearm was unlike anything he had experienced before. With that being said, though, the young hurler is not worried about it and is instead looking forward to getting back on the mound.
“I feel much better right now,” he said. “We’re working really hard to get ready.”
Since the Red Sox figure to roll with a five-man starting rotation out of spring training next month, Bello is competing with six other potential starters (Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, Nick Pivetta, James Paxton, Garrett Whitlock, and Tanner Houck) for five spots in total.
With that in mind, it would likely be beneficial for Bello if he is able to resume throwing on Monday and does not risk falling further behind the competition. The discomfort he felt may have something to do with the amount of breaking balls he threw in that bullpen session.
“It was right after I was throwing a lot of breaking pitches,” Bello said. “It was the next day when I felt a little bit tight. So it probably was that.”
(Picture of Brayan Bello: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)