Webster to start Saturday for Red Sox

Webster to start Saturday for Red Sox
June 20, 2013, 6:45 pm
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DETROIT -- There wasn't much suspense associated with it, but the Red Sox Thursday made it official: Allen Webster will step
in and make a start for the team Saturday.
     
The Red Sox had been hoping that Clay Buchholz would be able to make that start, but the Sox placed him on the DL Tuesday,
necessitating a spot starter.
     
"Both he and Rubby [De la Rosa] have been throwing the ball well,'' said manager John Farrell, "and [shown] much better strike-throwing ability with their fastball of late. But the overriding thing was, there weren't any additional injuries to make the spot on the roster [for De la Rosa, who was optioned back last Saturday and wouldn't be eligible to return for 10 days unless an injury occurred] and that brings us to Webster.''
     
Webster is 5-1 with a 2.98 ERA at Pawtucket. Last month,Webster went through a stretch where he struggled with his command but has been sharper of late.
     
"He's worked deeper into games and been a little bit more efficient,'' said Farrell. "His stuff has been very consistent and similar to what we've seen here in the two starts and what he's shown us in spring training. We're looking forward to seeing him here Saturday.''
     
Webster has made two starts for Boston earlier this season, pitching well (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) against Kansas City on April 22 in his major league debut, then experiencing a dropoff against Minnesota (1 2/3 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) on May 8 against Minnesota.
     
"What he showed in spring training was his willingness to trust [his stuff],'' said Farrell, "trust the ability to throw the ball over the plate, get good hitters out in the strike zone and he's been doing more of that of late.''
    
Farrell said the poor start against the Twins resulted from falling behind in the count and becoming predictable against a good fastball-hitting team.
     
"It's the body of work and the improvement he's been showing throughout the course of this year,'' said Farrell of the choice.
    
Meanwhile, Buchholz remains on track to start Tuesday when the Soxbegin a homestand.
     
He threw from 100 feet on flat ground, with an eye toward throwing a bullpen session Saturday.
    
"The ideal would be for him to get an extended bullpen that will have some ups and downs in it,'' said Farrell. "At this point, he's still scheduled [to pitch] Tuesday. And yet, we've got to get through some specific work sessions over the next couple of days to remain with that.''
     
The plan is to simulate about three innings, or 45 pitches, his bullpen session.
     
If Buchholz can't make it back for Tuesday, the Sox will likely have him throw a rehab start in the minors before acvtviating him, since he'll have gone more than two weeks since his last appearance in a game.