Red Sox notes: Dempster to get extended rest

Red Sox notes: Dempster to get extended rest
August 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Dempster will be eligible to pitch again Tuesday when the Red Sox return home from their current six-game road trip, but while his suspension will then be over, the Red Sox are waiting a bit longer to plug him into the rotation.
Manager John Farrell announced that Dempster, who was suspended for five games for intentionally throwing at and hitting New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez, won't start again until a week from Friday, on Aug. 30.
That will mean Dempster will be pitching on 11 days' rest when he faces the Chicago White Sox.
"With the off-days coming up,'' explained Farrell, "we're just trying to not get too many days off for guys. (There are) some matchups along the way as well (that factored in). We're trying to take advantage of all it."
The Sox have a simulated game set up for Dempster Friday at Dodger Stadium to keep him sharp. He'll also throw a bullpen when the Sox get back to Boston.
The rest may not be a bad thing for Dempster, who is 36 and has pitched to a 6.43 ERA in his six post-All Star break starts.
"Because of his experience," said Farrell, "I don't think the additional days at this point in the year will cause him to get out of a routine or maybe affect the overall command. When we've seen (him get) added rest at this point in the year, he's been more sharp and the crispness to his secondary stuff has been noticeable."

* Plans remain in place for Clay Buchholz to begin his rehab assignment Sunday, pitching for Lowell at Hudson Valley of the New York-Penn League.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are home Sunday and, geographically, pitching at McCoy Stadium would make more sense. But the Red Sox prefer having Buchholz facing lower minor leaguers in his debut as part of a "progressive step," according to Farrell.
Buchholz will be limited to about three innings and 45-50 pitches on Sunday.