OAKLAND -- The Red Sox still haven't announced a starting pitcher for Wednesday's series finale in Seattle and it may be a day or so before one is announced.
The expectation is that the choice will be Clay Buchholz, who's ready to come off the DL following two rehab starts in the minors.
"We'll get there,'' vowed John Farrell. "We know the first two days are spoken for (with John Lackey starting Monday and Jake Peavy Tuesday). Beyond that, Clay is certainly a candidate. But we recognize fully that we've got to make a roster move to get him active.
"That can come in any one of three ways, so we've still got a couple of days to arrive at that. We're not looking to doing something prior to Wednesday.''
The expectation is that the Sox will activate Buchholz for Wednesday, and option Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman back to Pawtucket. Workman is serving a six-game suspension stemming from the Red Sox-Rays altercation earlier this month and isn't eligible again until Tuesday.
In the last 10 games, Red Sox pitchers have compiled a 1.87 ERA, but Farrell said there's no concern that re-arranging the rotation will disrupt the staff's dynamic.
"We're getting guys back to us, particularly in Clay's case,'' said Farrell, "who, when they're pitching to their capability, is only going to further strengthen us. That's not to (dismiss) the way Brandon and Rubby have pitched. We're fortunate that we've got a decision like this to make.''
The Sox are currently carrying 13 pitchers and just three extra position players, but Farrell said there were no plans to add another position player before Wednesday.
"I think we're content to stay where we are,'' said Farrell. "We know that when Clay (is activated), it's going to be in exchange for another pitcher. Beyond that, we're hopeful that (Shane Victorino) is going to be added to this roster before this road trip is out. So that probably puts him past Seattle, given the work that he's doing right now.
"At that point in time, we would get back to our normal allotment of pitchers and position players.''
Victorino got treatment at Fenway today, then took batting practice in Lowell with the team's affiliate there.
He's expected to resume his rehab assignment Monday when Pawtucket returns home.
"Optimistically, before we finish this trip, he'll back to us,'' said Farrell of Victorino.