Farrell fine if Sox don't make deadline deals

Farrell fine if Sox don't make deadline deals
July 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON – The Red Sox may or may not be in the hunt for Jake Peavy, or Cliff Lee, or someone else. With the non-waiver trading deadline not arriving until 4 p.m. Wednesday, there is time for the Sox to make some changes to their rotation.

But if those kinds of changes aren’t made?

“I like our rotation,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s been consistent, I think [right-hander] Brandon Workman [who started Tuesday night against the Mariners] has brought an element of not only intrigue but promise with the way he’s handled the first two starts. Granted he might be short on experience, but he’s got all the physical abilities to put together solid efforts.  Hopefully that’s the case again tonight. You can look at the way they performed as a group. It’s a very solid group.”

Asked if he would be comfortable if the Sox made no moves, Farrell replied, “Yes.”

He is comfortable with the starting pitching depth the organization has in Triple-A Pawtucket.

“We’re talking about a pool of three and that would include [knuckleballer Steven] Wright, [Rubby] De La Rosa, and [Allen] Webster,” Farrell said. “And depending on the day of the need, obviously rest is going to come into play, for whoever might be available. So we recognize that August will be our month of biggest challenge in terms of overall depth, because soon after that we’re still hopeful and optimistic that Clay [Buchholz] returns. And that would be as good of an addition that we can make on any deadline.”

De La Rosa has been roughed up in recent starts. On Monday he gave up seven runs, six earned, in 4 2/3 innings. Two starts ago, he allowed four earned runs in 3 1/3.

“Two starts ago it was probably from the fourth inning on where he lost some command or the command became a little erratic,” Farrell said. “Last night it was early on where there was some command issues. Part of me wants to say there might be a little bit of stagnation going on with him in triple-A and maybe this stage might bring out the pitcher that we know is in there. That might be a little bit of stretch. But certainly be willing to take a look at that at the appropriate time.”

Farrell said he would not necessarily need to have De La Rosa pitch out of the PawSox bullpen before the right-hander is brought up to work out of the Sox pen.