Sox notes: Lots of retaliation speculation

Sox notes: Lots of retaliation speculation
September 5, 2013, 7:15 pm
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NEW YORK -- Even before the Red Sox and Yankees began a four-game weekend series, there was plenty of speculation about whether the Yankees might seek retaliation for Ryan Dempster hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch the last time the two rivals met.
     
"We haven't heard anything to date [from the umpires or MLB],'' said John Farrell. "If something is said at home plate [when lineups are exchanged], we'll find out prior to game time. If there is to be retaliation -- I don't think there will be, but you never know. This game will find a way to take care of itself, and if that's to be the case, we'll play the game.''
     
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Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who sat out his third game in a row Thursday with a sore lower back, is closer to returning, according
to his manager.

"We expect him to be in the lineup, sometime in this series,'' said Farrell. "He's getting better with daily treatment. He still has some other
functional activity and testing to go through. But he went out and threw today, so some of the rotational stuff is not as hindering as it was a
couple of days ago.
     
"We do expect him back on the field this weekend."
     
With Saltalamacchia out, Farrell went with Ryan Lavarnway behind the plate after David Ross had started the previous two games.
     
"It was a combination of things,'' explained Farrell. "As well as [New York starter Ivan] Nova has pitched the last couple of months, particularly the use of his breaking ball, we just thought it was a better matchup with Ryan.''

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As Clay Buchholz readied to make his final rehab start for Triple A Pawtucket in Rochester, Farrell confirmed what had long been suspected --
Buchholz will rejoin the starting rotation -- probably Tuesday at Tropicana Field -- and someone in the rotation will be moved to the bullpen.

"We've not men internally to say who that's going to be that who's removed from the rotation,'' said Farrell, "nor have we met with the individual that it's going to affect. We've waited just to get through [Thursday] night and assess where [Buchholz] is physically and from a fundamental standpoint and go from there.''
     
But with four off-days remaining over the final 20 days, Farrell said the Sox weren't considering a six-man rotation.
     
It's virtually a given that Dempster will be the odd-man out. His ERA (4.79) is the highest of any Boston starter and Dempster has the added bonus of having been a closer for three seasons (2005-2007) with the Chicago Cubs.

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Allen Webster pitched out of the bullpen for Pawtucket Wednesday, which will likely be precursor to him being called up when the Pawsox finish their postseason and placed in a relief role for the Red Sox.
     
"Could very well be,'' said Farrell. "If he comes to us, we look at the [starting] rotation being full and Clay [Buchholz] making his final rehab  start tonight and three consecutive Mondays off -- [the lack] of available starts and the potential of another power arm being in the bullpen, we'll see where it goes the remainder of this month.