Ryan Dempster will skip start, return for beginning of White Sox series

Rob Bradford
August 21, 2013 - 12:38 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster won't make his next start until his team's series-opener against the White Sox at Fenway Park, Aug. 30. Dempster, who is currently serving a five-game suspension for hitting Yankees Alex Rodriguez Sunday night, will participate in a simulated game Friday. The Red Sox have two off days over the next week, with the team not playing Thursday or Monday, allowing for Dempster to skip his scheduled start. "With the off-days coming up, we're just trying to not get too many days off for guys," said Red Sox manager John Farrell prior to his team's series finale against the Giants Wednesday. "There are some matchups along the way as well, seeing how we can take advantage of all of them." Dempster, who will have gone 11 days between starts, has allowed five or more runs in five of his last seven starts, with opponents hitting .311 over that span. "Because his status or his experience, I don't think the additional days at this point in the year will cause him to get out of a routine or affect the overall command," Farrell said. "When we've seen added rest at this point in the year, he's been more sharp, and the crispness to the secondary stuff has been noticeable."