Clay Buchholz, who originally was scheduled to pitch in an Instructional League game in Fort Myers on Wednesday if that night's Red Sox game against the Orioles had playoff implications, instead will stay with the Sox and may be activated, according to WEEI.com.
Buchholz suffered a stress fracture in his lower back earlier this season and hasn't pitched in a major-league game since June 16. But Rob Bradford reported the team is "leaving open the possibility" of removing Buchholz from the 60-day disabled list and having him eligible to pitch tonight.
Jon Lester is scheduled to start tonight on three days' rest, and all three of Boston's most dependable relievers -- Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon -- also pitched Tuesday.
NEW YORK -- Now that the division title has been wrapped up, the Red Sox turn their attention to getting ready for the post-season -- but not at the expense of trying to win as many games as possible.
Part of the planning for the Sox involves how much to play David Ortiz, who is retiring when the Red Sox are through in the post-season.
On Thursday night, his final road game and last appearance at Yankee Stadium, the Sox planned to have Ortiz get at least two at-bats in recognition of the fans in New York who wanted to see him one more time.
As for the last series at Fenway, it will be business as usual with Ortiz playing all three.
"We don't foresee any pullback in terms of his number of at-bats," said Farrell of the weekend series with Toronto. "It's a weekend of celebration well-deserved and we'll have time to recover."
Farrell noted that under the current playoff format, teams which win their division get three full days off after the final regular season games. That helps in preparation.
"The importance of winning and maintaining our daily approach is priority No. 1," said Farrell. "How that might affect how deep a starter goes in the upcoming games might be looked at a little more closely. Still, we feel it's imperative to secure as much home field as we can."
On Thursday night, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon were all given the night off. Others will get the same opportunity over the weekend.
John Tomase, Greg Dickerson and Gary Tanguay discuses David Price comments during the Red Sox celebration of clinching the AL East.