At the very end of an emotional day, Red Sox manager John Farrell slid in a somewhat surprising move, announcing that the team would be calling up 23-year-old right-hander Allen Webster to pitch the second game of tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Needing a pitcher to make a spot start, though, Webster will make his major league debut after allowing just one run in two starts for Triple A Pawtucket.
“He’s a really good young pitcher, rested and he’s ready to go,” Farrell said.
Webster was considered the steal of the blockbuster trade that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He impressed in spring training and at the start of the season there was buzz that he could have possibly taken the place of the injured John Lackey. Both he and the Red Sox organization, however, said they would be patient.
Ryan Dempster will start Game 1 against Ervin Santana. Webster will face Jeremy Guthrie in the nightcap.