Josh Beckett is good to go Sunday night, and reports are that Jon Lester will come off the DL on July 26, but that doesn't mean the Red Sox aren't looking for another starting pitcher to throw into the mix.
Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Sox have had talks with the Colorado Rockies about Ubaldo Jimenez and with the Los Angeles Dodgers about Hiroki Kuroda.
While the Ubaldo talk seems rather light at this stage, he's most likely the best pitcher available at this year's trading deadline -- assuming the Rockies are willing to deal him.
Heyman also reports that the Yankees may be in the best position to land Jimenez, and have been in talks with the Rockies as well, as have the Tigers and Reds.
Jimenez, 5-8 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.31 WHIP has 99 strikeouts and 43 walks on the year in 110.1 innings pitched.
Last year he went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 214 strikeouts in 221.2 innings pitched, earning him a third place finish in the NL Cy Young voting.
There could be more to the Kuroda talk, as it appears more likely that Kuroda would be dealt than Jimenez.
Kuroda is 6-11 on the year with a 3.13 ERA, 1.20 WHIP 90 strikeouts and 30 walks in 120.2 innings.
Heyman also reports that the Yankees and Tigers are interested in Kuroda.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright will try to stay on a roll, as will the Red Sox, as they continue their three-game series tonight (9:20) against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.
Wright (8-4, American League-leading 2.01 ERA) faces Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.94), in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list.
The Red Sox rallied to win the series opener 8-7 with a four-run ninth inning.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
Steven Wright RHP
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Robinson Chirinos C
A.J. Griffin RHP
With the Red Sox bullpen taxed in recent days by pitching 18 1/3 innings the past four games, including a short outing Friday night by starter David Price, right-hander William Cuevas was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and infielder Deven Marrero was sent down.
Cuevas, 25, made one relief appearance for Boston (allowing two runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut April 21) and had been starting at Pawtucket (4-3, 3.30 ERA in 12 starts). He pitched 5 1/3 innings on Sunday. He'll be available out of the bullpen tonight as the Red Sox continue their three-game series in Texas.
Marrero, 25, appeared in four games and went 1-for-7 in his latest stint in Boston.
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in the Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran, so Marc Bertand and Tim Britton look at some roster options.