Teheran went on to post a 2.89 ERA over 221 innings in 33 starts and now he’s the No. 1 starter again.
“This has been what I have been working for,” Teheran said. “That’s a place that you want to be and you don’t want anybody to take it from you. Last year I feel like if I got to the first opening day start that is the place I want to be for the rest of my career.”
Teheran pitched 5 2/3 innings in Friday’s rain-shortened game against the Red Sox and allowed two runs and five hits including a two-out, two-run homer by Mookie Betts. In 14 innings pitched in the Grapefruit League this spring Teheran has posted a 5.79 ERA with 11 strikeouts and eight walks.
Gonzalez said Teheran will make have one more, shorter outing in an exhibition game in preparation for starting opening day.
“He’s a guy that could be in that spot a lot of times,” Gonzalez said.