Jake Peavy arrived today and will start on Saturday against Arizona. Righthanded reliever Jose De La Torre was optioned to Triple A Pawtucket to make room for Peavy on the roster.
The Red Sox also optioned righthander Brandon Workman to Pawtucket and recalled righthander Steven Wright. That move became necessary when the Sox used five relief pitchers for eight innings in Wednesday’s 15-inning game against Seattle.
Workman, who threw 103 pitches in his start on Tuesday, is not available for a few days. Wright last pitched on Sunday and can provide long relief if needed tonight.
Manager John Farrell said the Sox intend to recall Workman as soon as he becomes eligible, which would be in 10 days.
• Peavy was given No. 44, which he has had all his career. Jackie Bradley Jr. had the number, but such is the life of a rookie.
• A few of the Red Sox starters were taking batting practice this afternoon. The Sox have six consecutive interleague road games starting Aug. 19.
• David Ross has started taking BP on the field, a good sign as he continues his comeback from a concussion.
• Clay Buchholz is on a schedule of three days of throwing then one day off. He is off today and the hope is he will clear a hurdle in terms of intensity sometime over the weekend. If Buchholz is able to do that, he would be able to throw in the bullpen.
The test Buchholz needs to pass is throwing from a distance at full effort while making a “crow hop” like an outfielder. That was the direction given by Dr. James Andrews. If Buchholz is able to do that without any shoulder discomfort, he would be able to progress from there.