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Peavy likely to start on Saturday

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 31, 2013 05:38 PM

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Jake Peavy is scheduled to join the Red Sox on Thursday and will be added to the roster then. Manager John Farrell did not specifically say when Peavy would pitch but left plenty of easy-to-follow hints.

Peavy, he said, would pitch on this homestand. Farrell then said he liked the idea of splitting up lefthanders Jon Lester (scheduled for Friday) and Felix Doubrobt (scheduled for Saturday).

Add it up and Peavy will start on Saturday against Arizona.

Also:

Brock Holt was called up and will start at third base tonight. He also was needed so that the team had a backup shortstop. As to what third base will look like moving forward, a platoon of Holt and Brandon Snyder may only be temporary.

Will Middlebrooks may soon be returning unless the Red Sox feel Xander Bogaerts is ready. One factor is that Bogaerts is not yet on the 40-man roster. The Red Sox will be very cognizant of roster management and keeping as much depth as possible in place.

Brandon Workman will go to the bullpen. Farrell sees him working in a multi-inning role with the ability to work in higher-leverage situations in the late innings. In an ideal world, the Red Sox would keep Workman stretched out in case a starter is needed.

LHP Franklin Morales pitched a scoreless inning for Triple A Pawtucket today and is scheduled for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. That could clear him to return.

LHP Henry Owens, who was laying waste to the High A Carolina League in recent weeks, was promoted to Double A Portland.

Yes, Ryan Dempster has pitched effectively in relief before in his career. No, the Sox have not thought about shifting him. They want as much rotation depth as possible to avoid what happened in 2011.

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