A few notes after the Red Sox wrapped up a 5-5 West Coast trip with an 11-inning, 3-2 loss here Sunday: --Felix Doubront will pitch the first game after the All-Star break, Friday night against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Doubront earned the nod from manager John Farrell based on two factors: a) His most recent start was last Wednesday night in Seattle, so the Red Sox want to be sure he doesn't have too long of a layoff; b) He has a 2.70 ERA over his last 11 starts. Doubront will be followed in the rotation by John Lackey on Saturday night, Jon Lester on Sunday night and Ryan Dempster next Monday night against the Rays. The Red Sox will need a starter for the following game, although they have time to decide between Brandon Workman and others, possibly including Steven Wright or even Drake Britton. --Clay Buchholz (shoulder) completed yet another bullpen session here today and will throw off a bullpen mound Tuesday before the All-Star Game in New York under the supervision of head trainer Rick Jameyson. Barring any setbacks, Buchholz could throw a simulated game later in the week before going out on a minor league rehab assignment. Best-case scenario: Buchholz rejoins the Red Sox' rotation in the final few days of July. Worse-case: He has another setback, and GM Ben Cherington has to shop for another starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. --As expected, shortstop Stephen Drew (hamstring) will play back-to-back games Thursday and Friday at Double-A Portland before returning to the Red Sox' lineup Saturday night against the Yankees. Once that happens, Jose Iglesias will move back to third base.
Felix Doubront will start first game after All-Star break for Red Sox
Boston Herald | Jul 15