Rick Porcello

Red Sox notes: Rick Porcello to pitch in Lowell Saturday

Rob Bradford
August 12, 2015 - 1:49 pm

MIAMI -- Rick Porcello has his timeline. The Red Sox starter, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right triceps, will make two rehab appearances before rejoining the big league club. The first minor league outing will come Saturday at LeLacheur Park in Lowell when he pitches for the Single-A, short season Spinners. Porcello is expected to go approximately four innings or 65 pitches for Lowell. The plan is to then have Porcello pitch five days after the Saturday outing, either with Triple-A Pawtucket or Double-A Portland. The righty threw 50 pitches at Marlins Park Tuesday, reporting no discomfort. Porcello has the fourth-highest ERA (5.81) in the majors, coming off a two-inning outing on July 29 in which he allowed six runs on 10 hits. - Hanley Ramirez was once again out of the lineup Wednesday, still nursing the bruised left foot he injured Friday in Detroit. "Yeah, he'€™s still sore," Farrell said. "He'€™s going to be examined by Dr. [Peter] Asnis tomorrow when we get back. It will be determined in that exam whether there'€™s imaging that'€™s needed. But unfortunately he'€™s not available to us today." "Slowly it's getting better," Ramirez said. "Just a bone bruise. Just been icing it and it's been getting better and better and better." - After Tuesday night's ninth-inning melt down by Junichi Tazawa, Farrell reiterated he isn't about to anoint a closer in the absence of Koji Uehara. "I don'€™t know if we need to anoint who our closer is," he said. "We'€™re picking from all right-handers. And that'€™s not to say Robbie Ross or Tommy Layne wouldn'€™t find himself in the closing spot. That could happen. But what we need to do is just, regardless of the inning, we need to go out and record outs."