Anthony Ranaudo

John Farrell says Red Sox eyeing 6-man rotation

Rob Bradford
August 30, 2014 - 3:43 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It appears as though more than expected will be getting a chance to make an impression in the Red Sox starting rotation in the coming month. Prior to the Sox'€™ game against the Rays at Tropicana Field Saturday night, manager John Farrell said that team is leaning toward going with a six-man rotation in the coming weeks. A "strong candidate" to be inserted within the current group, according to Farrell, is Brandon Workman. "There'€™s some talk, because we go into a stretch now, it'€™s about 18 days consecutively, we may look at going to a six-man rotation just to build in an added day of rest," Farrell said. "How we then factor in the off day that'€™s coming after that, we can adjust again and go back for a turn through and not get too far removed from a previous start. There'€™s quite a bit of possibility we'€™d go to a six-man rotation." For the next few days, the Red Sox will be carrying one less starter with Anthony Ranaudo being sent to Single-A Greenville to make room on the 25-man roster for Xander Bogaerts. The thinking behind sending Ranaudo to Greenville is that he can still be recalled to make his regularly-scheduled start against the Yankees in New York because the Drive'€™s season won'€™t be extending into the postseason. With no postseason play, along with the rosters expanding on Sept. 1, Ranaudo won'€™t have to spend the usual 10 days in the minors after being sent down. Farrell said the reports from Workman'€™s outing Friday night (6 2/3 innings, run) were positive. "The last two starts, when we gave him a little bit of a breather, it spiked up a little bit," the manger said. "He carried the same velocity last night which, even in the last start, he was 92, 93 for the most part. More importantly though, is the elevation or location within the strike zone. That, to me, has been the biggest thing. not the velocity."

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