Red Sox pregame notes: Sox undecided on call-up starter, John Farrell gives injury updates

May 29, 2014 - 2:33 pm

The identity of Saturday's Red Sox starter remains a mystery -- for a few more hours. With Clay Buchholz on the disabled list, the Sox will summon a pitcher from Triple-A Pawtucket. But manager John Farrell allowed only that the team is deciding between one of three right-handers in Pawtucket on the 40-man roster -- Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and "possibly" Anthony Ranaudo -- for Saturday, with a decision expected to be announced after Thursday's game. Ranaudo was spotted pregame with suitcases around his locker, but the righty told reporters in Pawtucket that he will start Sunday on the PawSox's upcoming road trip. Webster is currently slated to take the mound for the PawSox on Friday. De La Rosa was scratched from his scheduled start and with Jeremy Kehrt taking the mound in his place on Thursday. PawSox manager Kevin Boles said that De La Rosa was being "pushed back a couple of days." Asked whether De La Rosa was in play for Saturday'€™s start, Boles was mum. "€œI have nothing on that,"€ Boles said. "Just saying we'€™re pushing him back a couple of days." Right-hander Brandon Workman, who has spent significant time with Webster, De La Rosa and Ranaudo, thinks that all three pitchers have performed well so far this season. Webster has been among Pawtucket's most consistent hurlers so far this season, posting a 3.17 ERA with a .250 opponents batting average, 43 strikeouts, 25 walks in 59 2/3 innings pitched over 11 starts. "[Webster]'s been very good," Workman said. "Every time I saw him, he looked well." De La Rosa got off to a scorching start, posting a 1.19 ERA with a .151 opponents batting average, 21 strikeouts and four walks in 22 2/3 innings pitched in his first three starts. In his six starts since, De La Rosa has posted a 4.40 ERA with a .258 opponents batting average with 31 strikeouts and 19 walks in 30 2/3 innings pitched. Workman thinks De La Rosa's numbers speak for themselves. "The start [De La Rosa] got off to this year was absurd," Workman said. "The numbers that he was putting up, he must have been doing everything right. I think he had a tough one or two while I was there and then he turned it around and is throwing the ball really well right now." Workman has seen Ranaudo the most, as both pitchers were drafted in 2010. Workman has seen the development of Ranaudo as the two hurlers have moved up the minor leagues. "[Ranaudo]'s throwing the ball really well," Workman said. "I think I read somewhere that he has one run in his 19 innings. That speaks for himself, how he's throwing the ball. His command and his fastball, he's throwing breaking balls for strikes behind in the count, ahead in the count. Everything he's throwing looks really good right now." Boles believes that all three potential call-up candidates have performed well. "All three have had success,"€ Boles said. "œDefinitely like their stuff. Command of the zone, they'€™ve shown signs of having pretty good command of the zone. They attack hitters and again, all three of them have really put themselves on the map. They made impressions in major league camp this year, and have been terrific so far. We'€™re seeing some good signs out of all three of them." Asked whether one of the three wouldn'€™t be going on the team'€™s upcoming trip to Norfolk, Boles replied, "I am not saying anything." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- Clay Buchholz is not throwing and will not have treatment for the next two days. The team plans to have the righty throw off a mound on Saturday barring a setback. -- Felix Doubront threw long toss from 120 feet on a flat ground prior to Thursday's game. -- Mike Napoli's finger swelling is starting to diminish. Napoli went through some baseball activity on Thursday and hopes to have a bat in the first baseman's hands soon. -- Shane Victorino is responding to treatment on his strained right hamstring. The team does not have a date earmarked yet for his return and understands they cannot rush the outfielder back because this is the second occasion he has aggravated his hamstring. "He's going to be out there when he's capable," Farrell said."I don't have a date or a number of days that we are looking at on the calendar yet." -- The Red Sox are hopeful that Mike Carp will be available off the bench on Thursday. Alex Speier and DJ Bean (from Pawtucket, R.I.) contributed to this report