Early notes: Sox add relievers to build depth

Early notes: Sox add relievers to build depth
July 19, 2013, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON -- With a need for more arms in their pitching staff, the Red Sox signed Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon on Friday, while recalling Jose De La Torre from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Andrew Bailey's spot on the roster.

"In our pursuit to add veteran relief help, we're looking at every available opportunity," said Red Sox manager John Farrell on Friday. "And [Contreras and Lyon] have been pitching relatively recently. Contreras more recent than Lyon. But both are in Pawtucket.

"Pitching is a game of attrition, unfortunately, and we're looking to add to that depth in any possible way."

* Clay Buchholz was examined today, as originally scheduled, and the tests -- which did not include an MRI -- were good enough to allow him to play catch from 90 feet before Friday night's game.

"Today he felt a little bit more free," said Farrell.

The plan now for Buchholz is for him to begin throwing again from flat ground before jumping back on the mound, as the angle of the mound has recently created some different stress points on Buchholz' neck, resulting in lingering soreness.

"If we get to that point where he's still feeling that," said Farrell, "then we've got to get things looked at differently."

* As of right now, Brandon Workman is considered the team's fifth starter for Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. But if he is needed out of the bullpen this weekend, that plan could change.

"Well, if tonight was game five, it would be Workman," said Farrell. "But, game five is in four more days and it might be someone else."

* Shortstop Stephen Drew will play in one more minor-league rehab game tonight, and is stil expected to return to Boston's lineup on Saturday against the Yankees.

* Today was first day that relief pitcher Alex Wilson was able to play catch. Wilson is on the 15-day DL with a sprained right thumb. He was examined this morning and everything was healing as anticipated.

* Now that Andrew Miller has had surgery on foot, any potential return this season has been ruled out. His recovery timetable is now spring training.