John Farrell

John Farrell talks bullpen issues, as well as Wednesday's Red Sox lineup vs. Yankees

John Tomase
August 05, 2015 - 2:13 pm
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NEW YORK -- John Farrell and the Red Sox need to figure out their bullpen. One night after watching Red Sox relievers get blasted for 10 runs after allowing a pair of inherited runners to score, Farrell said one of the focuses down the stretch will be finding out which pitchers on the roster can help next year. "It's a discussion that Ben [Cherington] and I have that's ongoing," Farrell said. "To say that there's someone walking through the door today, that's not the case, but we've got to do better than what's been taking place in our bullpen." One pitcher who probably won't be helping in that regard is right-hander Matt Barnes. The Red Sox have decided to return the hard thrower to the rotation at Triple-A Pawtucket to bolster their starting depth in the wake of uncertainty over left-hander Brian Johnson, who's on the disabled list with elbow irritation. "We've taken a number of trips to the big leagues with Barnes in a bullpen role," Farrell said. "I can't tell you at this point that we would not see him here in a starter's role, but we've got to get him stretched out first." Farrell also said the team hasn't decided on Joe Kelly's future and whether he could shift to the bullpen. "The injury to Brian Johnson obviously takes away from the options to fill that [starting] slot," Farrell said. "To say that there's a date on the calendar that we're going to put someone in the bullpen, we're not there, we're not at that point in the discussion." In other pregame news, with the Red Sox set to face Yankees rookie Luis Severino in his highly anticipated big league debut, Farrell will start Alejandro De Aza in the outfield on Wednesday. However, he plans to make sure Rusney Castillo gets regular at-bats alongside Jackie Bradley in center. Castillo will start the next two games at least, Farrell said. Here's Wednesday's lineup. Brock Holt 2B Xander Bogaerts SS David Ortiz DH Hanley Ramirez LF Pablo Sandoval 3B Mike Napoli 1B Alejandro De Aza RF Blake Swihart C Jackie Bradley CF Steven Wright RHP

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