Ryan Dempster will not be part of the postseason rotation for the Red Sox. But the 36-year-old righthander could have a significant role coming out of the bullpen.
Dempster was dropped from the rotation on Friday and will pitch in relief for the remainder of the regular season and beyond.
Manager John Farrell was quick to say that Dempster won’t be a long reliever. The Sox see him having more value than that.
“I think this move with him, in my mind, there’s some intrigue with this,” Farrell said. “If there’s the ability to uptick with later action to the stuff and with the experience that he has, this could turn out to be a very good thing.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.