OAKLAND -- Stephen Drew is eligible to return from his DL stint Sunday, but the Red Sox will hold off on actviating him for the final game of the first half.
Instead, Drew will get a game in rehab later in the week before rejoining the Red Sox next weekend.
"We'd like to get him some at-bats on a very, very brief rehab,'' said John Farrell.
Farrell has said that Drew will reclaim his shortstop job upon his return with Jose Iglesias going back to third base.
That, in turn, will mean that the Sox will have to return another infielder to Pawtucket. It's likely to be Brandon Snyder, since Brock Holt can also play second base and shortstop and provides another lefty bat off the bench.
* Needing a roster spot for newest addition, Matt Thornton, the Sox optioned pitcher Steven Wright back to Pawtucket.
Wright pitched well, tossing 5 2/3 shutout innings Thursday in Seattle, but the outing took him out of consideration for an available start Sunday and he fell victim to a roster crunch.
"Being optioned out keeps him eligible to be the starter on Day 5 coming out of the break (July 23 against Tampa Bay). So there were a number of things that came into play.''
Farrell said the Sox have yet to set up their rotation coming out of the All-Star break, but broadly hinted that the Sox would bookend the Yankees series with their two lefties -- Felix Doubront and Jon Lester, with John Lackey starting the middle game.
That would mean Ryan Dempster would open the Tampa Bay series on July 22 and either Workman, Wright or Allen Webster making the start on July 23.
* Brandon Workman will make his first major league start Sunday for the Sox.
Farrell said he hopes that Workman will more closely resemble the pitcher from his second inning of work in his Wednesday debut rather than his first, when he gave up three runs on four hits.
"He's going to back into his normal routine, having started many games in his pro career,'' noted Farrell. "I'm sure there was a lot of adrenaline the other night, coming in after a game was underway. He was much more under control in that second inning of work, particularly being down in the strike zone with all of his pitches
"We know he's going to throw strikes - that's the one thing he's proven over his minor league career. He's been a good strike-thrower and this (the A's) is a team that forces you to throw strikes.''