Clay Buchholz rejoined the team on Friday after pitching for Triple A Pawtucket on Thursday. His next start will be in the majors, but Red Sox manager John Farrell said that has not yet been scheduled.
John Lackey and Jake Peavy are listed for Monday and Tuesday in Seattle. The third game is open and that could be where Buchholz fits in.
“We’re still trying to determine that, with multiple options available to us. The most important thing is we’re getting guys back to us who are healthy and we do have a couple of important decisions coming up,” Farrell said.
The Red Sox activated lefthander Felix Doubront and he started in place of righthander Brandon Workman, who was serving the third game of a six-game suspension.
The Red Sox could simply option Workman and righthander Rubby De La Rosa back to Triple A Pawtucket to make roster space. But Workman is 1-0 with a 2.88 earned run average in eight appearances (five starts) and De La Rosa is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts with another on Saturday.
A case could be made for the Sox to keep Workman and/or De La Rosa in the rotation. Farrell suggested the Sox would prefer to keep both of the prospects working as starters. He also doesn’t believe a trade is likely.
“I don’t think we’re looking to move pitchers for the sake of fitting someone in at this point,” Farrell said. “We’ve already tapped into the depth. I’m sure at some point going forward we’re going to need that depth again. As we get through this weekend, I think our view at the rotation will become clearer.”
Victorino still out
Shane Victorino sat out another game for Pawtucket because of stiffness. He started a rehabilitation assignment last Saturday but has played only three games and had six at-bats. Farrell said Victorino, who is coming back from a right hamstring strain, would need to play nine innings and ideally on back-to-back days before he is activated.
Will Middlebrooks was 1 for 3 with Pawtucket on Friday night at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He played five innings at third base. Middlebrooks is 4 for 13 with a walk in four games for the PawSox. He is on the DL with a fractured right index finger.
The Sox optioned third baseman Garin Cecchini to Pawtucket to make room for Doubront. Oakland optioned lefthanded Evan Scribner to open a spot for lefthander Brad Mills, its starter Friday . . . It was Jonny Gomes Day in his hometown of Petaluma, Calif., on Thursday. Mayor David Glass issued a proclamation congratulating Gomes on his baseball accomplishments and charitable works . . . Outfielder Grady Sizemore, who cleared release waivers on Friday, is receiving interest from the Phillies. It seems unlikely he will accept a minor league contract and return to the Red Sox organization . . . According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Sox made some history on Wednesday. They were the first team to win a game on back-to-back home runs in extra innings after being shut out for nine innings. Home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli gave the Sox a 2-1 victory against the Twins.