Pivetta allowed one run on one hit while striking out one over two innings in Wednesday's spring game against the Twins. Pivetta allowed a wind-blown home run to Mitch Garver in the first inning but was sharp otherwise. He retired six of eight batters, which included an error behind him, as he took the first step toward winning a spot in the rotation. The right-hander prepared for this opportunity during the offseason and could end up as Boston's fourth or fifth starter.
Pivetta will start against Minnesota on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Pivetta is one of six pitchers that will start for Boston during the first week of the Grapefruit League, as the Red Sox will work with a six-man rotation early in camp. They have not committed to the six-man rotation for the regular season, so Pivetta is not assured of a spot in the rotation. However, he's out of minor-league options, so it appears he will make the Opening Day roster.
Pivetta threw an inning against teammates Tuesday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Pivetta, who is battling for a rotation spot, featured a wicked slider that fooled Rafael Devers. "He did a good job toward the end of last season. He did a good job at the alternate [training] site and he just wants to keep improving. And this is a guy we trust," said manager Alex Cora. Pivetta had a nice two-start run at the end of 2020, allowing two runs and striking out 13 over 10 innings, and the Red Sox are excited about the right-hander they acquired from Philadelphia in 2020.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Pivetta is not a lock to make the rotation, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Pivetta, who was acquired from the Phillies in 2020, started two games late last season, allowing two runs on eight hits in 10 innings while striking out 13. He's squarely in the mix for the fifth starter's job -- or sixth if Boston goes with a six-man rotation early -- along with Tanner Houck, Matt Andriese and possibly Rule 5 pick Garrett Whitlock.
Pivetta (2-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a win over the Braves on Sunday. The Boston rotation was brutal all season long, but Pivetta provided a glimmer of hope for the future with his performance after getting called up from the alternate site. Pivetta allowed just two earned runs on eight hits while posting a 13:5 K:BB in his two starts with the Red Sox (10 innings). He had a 15.88 ERA in his first three appearances before coming over from Philadelphia in an August trade.