Notes: Sox still considering pitcher for Sunday

Notes: Sox still considering pitcher for Sunday
July 11, 2013, 3:30 pm
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SEATTLE -- In need of a starter for Sunday, the final day of the first half of the season, the Red Sox will chose from among Brandon Workman, Steven Wright and Drake Britton.
     
One of those options will take the place of Allen Webster, who lost his spot in the rotation when he was optioned back to Pawtucket Wednesday.
     
Britton's inclusion into the mix comes in part because Sunday would be his day to pitch. Rubby de La Rosa, who might otherwise be in consideration, wouldn't have enough rest to make a start on Sunday.
     
Britton was promoted to Pawtucket from Double A Portland only two weeks ago.
     
"As we get through these next couple of days, we'll have a better read on that," said John Farrell.
     
In other words, the choice will likely come down to how much - if at all -- Workman and Wright are needed out of the bullpen Thursday afternoon.
     
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Shortstop Stephen Drew, who's on the DL with a hamstring pull, ran with more intensity Wednesday.
     
On Thursday, the Sox were discussing the possibility of sending Drew out on a brief minor league rehab assignment before the All-Star break.
     
"We don't have a definitive plan, either for activating him Sunday (when he's eligible to come off the DL) or sending him out for at-bats," said Farrell.

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Clay Buchholz will throw a bullpen Friday in Oakland in anticipation of making a rehab start Sunday for a minor league rehab stint.
     
Farrell said Buchholz will likely be limited to 45-50 pitches in his first appearance.
     
"With that being the case," said Farrell, "the next start is going to have to be a progressive step from there, just so we're not over-taxing the bullpen once he returns.