Ranaudo suffers setback with groin injury

Red Sox pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo, whose 2012 season was limited to nine outings and 37 2/3 innings because of injury, suffered a groin injury last week while pitching in Puerto Rico and has been sent home.

Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that a Red Sox source said the injury is not considered as serious as one Ranaudo suffered last spring, but that the team didn't want to take any chances.

Ranaudo was injured in the first inning of his start on Nov. 28. Ranaudo’s other three starts were inconsistent: He was very good in his first and third, tossing seven scoreless innings, but he got shelled in his second start, lasting just 1 2/3 innings and allowing six runs on six hits.

Ranaudo suffered problems with his throwing arm last summer and was placed on the disabled list after experiencing shoulder fatigue, which helped limit him to nine starts with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, for whom he posted a 1-3 record and a 6.69 ERA.

While the groin injury is a setback, Ranaudo told ESPN Desportes that his shoulder feels great.

“I was able to train without any problems, and the relationship with the staff and the coaches has been very good. Everything is going very well up to now,” Ranaudo said.