For a split second, it looked like the Red Sox might be without Rick Porcello for the start of the regular season later this week in Seattle. But that’s all it was — a split second.
In the second inning of the Red Sox’ exhibition matchup against the Cubs on Monday night, the Boston right-hander was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Chicago catcher Willson Contreras. But he was immediately able to jump back to his feet, and even have a laugh while being checked by the team’s training staff.
It was a scare for both Porcello and the Red Sox, though the former Cy Young winner played it off pretty well.
We’re glad @RickPorcello is all smiles after this scary moment.
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) March 26, 2019
After being examined, Porcello would throw a few warmup pitches and stay in the game. He finished after throwing for four innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. The Red Sox lost to the Cubs, 3-2.