Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 10-day disabled list with what the Boston Red Sox said Thursday is a left forearm flexor strain, but he still might make his first start of the season as scheduled.

The left-hander will have one last minor league spring training tuneup Monday in Fort Myers, Florida. If it goes well, Pomeranz could be reinstated to the roster in time to start the season's sixth game, April 9 in Detroit, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Putting Pomeranz on the DL allows the Red Sox to add a player to their roster for the first five games. They likely will carry an eighth reliever from a pool of candidates that includes Ben Taylor, Chandler Shepherd, Austin Maddox or Jamie Callahan, none of whom is presently on the 40-man roster.