Morning notes: Red Sox starting rotation seems to be set, with Clay Buchholz slotted in at No. 5

Rob Bradford
March 10, 2014 - 6:57 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have seemingly officially begun strategizing for the regular season. Prior to his team's game against the Rays at JetBlue Park, manager John Farrell insinuated that the order in which the Sox' starters have been pitching in spring training will be what will unfold to begin the season. The pitching order will be: 1. Jon Lester; 2. John Lackey; 3. Felix Doubront; 4. Jake Peavy; 5 Clay Buchholz. Although Farrell didn't address each pitcher's spot definitively, it is understood that the reason for putting Buchholz at the end of the line revolves around giving him some extra rest to start the season while potentially matching the righty up against opponents' No. 5 starter early on. Doubront is moved up to No. 3 in part because they like the matchups against the Orioles and Rays, who the Sox play at the end of April. Also, the lefty has been a standout among the pitchers thus far in camp. In other news ... - Craig Breslow is expected to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, and still has a chance to break camp with the Red Sox despite being behind the other relievers. - The Red Sox will keep stretching out Brandon Workman, Chris Capuano and Allen Webster to protect themselves in the starting rotation. The Sox plan to use the minor league games -- which start Wednesday -- to find innings for everybody. Drake Britton, who has excelled throughout spring training, will eventually be drawn back to prepare for a relief role. '€œEvery time he'€™s walked to the mound, he'€™s thrown three pitches for strikes with really good stuff," Farrell said. "I don'€™t think he liked being left off the playoff roster last year and he carries that air about him in a good way. And he'€™s used that as motivation. He'€™s come into camp in great shape. And when you consider a left-hander with that kind of velocity and that assortment of pitches, he'€™s making the most of every opportunity and making an impact on decisions that are still yet to be made.'€ - When asked what he hoped to get out of the rest of camp, Farrell listed off -- starters to stay healthy; regular position players to get between 55-60 at-bats; injured players get past physical challenges; get an accurate read on Grady Sizemore's health. - As for Monday's lineup, which has Sizemore leading off and Shane Victorino hitting sixth, Farrell said it represents one of the regular season possibilities. "There'€™s also one that has Victorino in the two-hole. But that'€™s probably a conversation a little bit later," he said. "I think right now it'€™s just a matter of getting him on the field first. as much as we speculated and talked about internal candidates who take Jacoby'€™s spot or assumes the leadoff spot, we'€™ll factor everything in that'€™s available to us and see what the best alignment is." - With Victorino in the lineup, Farrell discussed how the outfielder's pain threshold took him somewhat by surprise last year. "It'€™s almost hard to because you don'€™t know what a player is dealing with, nagging issues across the field," said Farrell when asked if he expected Victorino's approach in 2013. "We came to know that he'€™s got an extremely high pain threshold and doesn'€™t really ever want to come out of a game."