BOSTON -- The Red Sox have known that they would need a spot starter ever since their game on the Fourth of July was postponed due to weather and a doubleheader was scheduled for last Saturday.
As of late Tuesday night, they were not willing to commit to a pitcher for Wednesday -- what would have been Jon Lester's spot in the rotation had he not pitched Game 1 of the doubleheader with the Orioles -- though manager John Farrell had maintained for days that the player would not come from Boston's bullpen.
Now we know it will be Rubby De La Rosa who will get the start against the White Sox in the third game of the four-game series.
Red Sox righty Brandon Workman confirmed in a conversation with reporters following his start on Tuesday that he would be optioned to Triple A Pawtucket to open up a spot on the 25-man roster for De La Rosa.
De La Rosa has made five starts for the Red Sox this season, dazzling at times given opportunities at the big-league level. On the season he is 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
De La Rosa has made just one true start since being optioned back to the PawSox, on July 1, and it wasn't pretty. In 5.2 innings, he allowed eight hits and five earned runs against Durham. He also made a start against Columbus on July 6, but he was pulled after one inning in order to keep him eligible to make Wednesday's start for Boston.
Though Workman will make his way back to Pawtucket, there is a chance that it is not for too long. With the way the Red Sox pitching rotation is lined up, Workman may not have pitched until after the All-Star break when the team hosted the Royals on July 18 -- 10 days from his last start.