Red Sox pregame notes: Team planning 3-4 initial call-ups; Daniel Bard assigned to Lowell; Mike Carp feeling better

Scott McLaughlin
August 31, 2013 - 1:31 pm

With rosters expanding on Sunday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team is planning to call up three or four players initially. He said they'll be bringing up a catcher, an infielder, a pitcher and possibly one more player, adding that the names attached to those spots would be made available once the moves become official. Ryan Lavarnway would be the best bet at catcher given that he just spent two months in Boston while David Ross was on the disabled list. The infielder will likely be either Brock Holt or Brandon Snyder (who just started a rehab assignment), as both have spent extended time in the majors this season. For pitchers, Pedro Beato, Rubby De La Rosa and Brayan Villarreal would appear to be the most likely candidates. Farrell said the Red Sox will make more call-ups once Pawtucket completes its postseason, which is set to begin Wednesday. Farrell said that although the team won't hesitate to call up anyone who can help, he also thinks there is value in playing in a Triple-A playoff run. "Given the stage in the career of a number of guys who are there, particularly the younger guys, I think those settings are invaluable," Farrell said. "To feel a sense of urgency is always a good thing when it comes to making a pitch or a play in key spots." As for other potential roster changes, Farrell said he doesn't think the team needs to make any moves before Saturday night's waiver trade deadline, noting that the team has been playing well and that he's comfortable with the current roster. "We made a couple additions prior to the trading deadline, and we've continued to perform well as a team," Farrell said. "I don't expect that to be any different going forward." Other Red Sox notes: -Daniel Bard has been assigned to Single-A Lowell, where he'll get in a couple games before their season ends on Wednesday. Bard is coming off a disastrous Gulf Coast League outing in which he surrendered five walks, threw two wild pitches and failed to make it through one inning. "Just keep him active and still provide opportunities and see what might unfold," Farrell said. "He's willing to do it and wanted to do it, and we don't want to take that motivation away from him." -Mike Carp will be available off the bench Saturday. He was a late scratch on Thursday and was unavailable Friday night while battling a sore shoulder. Farrell said Carp has responded well to treatment and is feeling better, though. -After Clay Buchholz wrapped up his rehab start in Pawtucket on Friday night, he made it up to Boston in time to catch the last couple innings of the Sox game. Farrell said that's another sign of how eager Buchholz is to be with the team and be back on the mound, and added that Buchholz is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Buchholz will make one more rehab start with Pawtucket on Wednesday, and Farrell said the plan is for Buchholz to throw about 70 pitches in that start. Farrell said he hasn't given too much thought to how the rotation will shake out once Buchholz returns -- "We'll cross that bridge once we get there." For more on Buchholz' latest rehab outing, click here. -Farrell talked about the fact that Jake Peavy will be facing his former team Saturday night, and noted that if anything, the advantage usually goes to the pitcher in that situation. "They know what Jake is about, and I know Jake is very well aware of the tendencies and the strengths of the lineup he'll face tonight," Farrell said. "But I always think it swings in favor of the pitcher because he's the one who knows the pitch selection and the location he's intending to go to. It'll come down to executing."