No decision on Lester's rotation replacement


No decision on Lester's rotation replacement

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON -- With Jon Lester on the disabled list, the Red Sox are searching for someone to start in his place on Sunday against the Orioles.

Theres no reason to do something premature, said manager Terry Francona. Well have an announcement, I guess, when we feel like it, when we feel its appropriate.

Right-hander Alfredo Aceves seemed to be the logical choice, but he pitched two innings in Thursday night's 10-4 win over the Orioles. His 15-pitch outing may not necessarily preclude him from working Sunday, but making a start on two days' rest isn't necessarily in keeping with the Red Sox philosophy of protecting their pitchers' health.

He is, however, the only option currently on the roster. Bringing up a replacement from Pawtucket (Kyle Weiland? Kevin Millwood?) would mean sending someone else (human yo-yo Scott Atchison?) back to the minors.

Aceves -- who's started four times this year, and who is 3-1 overall with a 3.60 ERA in 23 games -- is one of eight pitchers to make starts for the Red Sox this season.

Thank goodness, Francona said of the number of starters he has had available. Weve lost some pretty good pitchers and we certainly dont want to lose them for an extended period of time. Thats why were trying to be, whether the words prudent or cautious, but were pretty fortunate.

"Tim Wakefield's stepped in, Andrew Millers come up and its exciting. There are guys in Triple A we think can compete, but we also want our guys back that weve leaned on and will continue to.

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