Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that if John Lackey‘s rehab start in Double-A Portland Monday goes well, he could make his next start in Boston. Lackey, who landed on the disabled list with a strained right biceps suffered on April 6 after making his first (and, to this point, only) big league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery after the 2011 season, is scheduled to throw four innings and approximately 65 pitches Monday in Portland.
“He felt great coming out of his bullpen Friday, and he’s ready to go in his outing [Monday],” Farrell said. “If he comes out of tomorrow as he came out of his bullpen, he may only make one start.”
- Franklin Morales , on the disabled list to start the year due to a lower back strain suffered in spring training, threw a bullpen session at Fenway Park on Sunday, and he’ll go to Double-A Portland for a rehab start on Wednesday. Farrell said that Morales will make at least two rehab starts (including Wednesday’s) to get stretched out. After that, the team may elect to prepare the left-hander for possible duty as a reliever before potentially adding him t the Boston bullpen.
- Craig Breslow, on the DL for the first time in his career as a result of left shoulder tendinits, will throw one inning, also in Portland, on Tuesday. His fastball peaked at approximately 88 mph in an appearance in an extended spring training game, but Farrell said Breslow hasn’t experienced any discomfort in his injured left shoulder, and that he expects the velocity to come back up as he increases his workload.
Farrell said he isn’t concerned about the current lack of left-handed pitchers in the bullpen (at the moment, Andrew Miller is the only one), as that would be remedied with Breslow and Morales’ returns.
“Our profile is, take the best pitcher regardless of left hand or right hand,” Farrell said. “Fortunately, we’ve had starters go deep into games to give these guys a rest.”
- The Sox hope to have Joel Hanrahan, who is rehabbing a right hamstring strain, throw off of a mound either Monday or Tuesday.
- Farrell said Shane Victorino is day-to-day with the tightness in his lower back that caused him to leave Saturday’s game in the eighth inning. He will not play in Sunday’s first game. There is a possibility he’ll play the second game, but Farrell said that has not yet been determined.
- David Ortiz, who returned to the Sox Saturday, is unlikely to play both games of Sunday’s doubleheader, but Farrell said it hasn’t been ruled out completely. He is in the lineup for Game 1.
- Mike Carp will be in the Red Sox lineup in Game 2 of the double header, either at first base or in left field.
- Farrell spoke highly of Allen Webster, who is scheduled to make his major league debut in Sunday’s second game. Since coming to the Sox from the Dodgers last season, the 23-year-old Webster has cut down on his walks early this year, with three in his first 10 innings to go with 12 strikeouts.
“One thing that’s been different since he’s come here is the consistency of his strike-throwing and the number of walks issued,” Farrell said. “That’s been drastically reduced. To his credit, he’s trusting his stuff on the white part of the plate.”
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