BOSTON – In other news besides the obvious Jon Lester-watch….
• Brandon Workman will start in place of Lester for the Wednesday’s finale of the three-game series at Fenway Park. Workman will try to help the Red Sox avoided a sweep at the hands of the Jays, who have won the last five games against the Sox, and have won the first five games at Fenway this season. That’s the longest stretch by the Jays since willing all six at Fenway in 1989.
• With Felix Doubront traded to the Cubs today, no move to make space on the roster for Workman was necessary.
• David Ortiz is getting a day off today. Mike Napoli will serve as the designated hitter, batting fourth with Brock Holt playing first base, batting in his customary leadoff spot.
“As we’ve rotated guys through, felt that this was the day for him,” manager John Farrell said of Ortiz. “Hopeful to capitalize on two days with tomorrow being the off-day as well.”
• If Jon Lester is not traded – by some long-shot chance – and still with the Red Sox after Thursday’s 4 p.m. trading deadline, he will start Sunday against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
• If John Lackey is not traded, he will start Friday in the series opener against the Yankees.
• Asked if there were a contingency plan in place in case Lackey was to be traded, manager John Farrell replied: “Not that I’m aware of.”
However, righthander Anthony Ranaudo, who was scheduled to start for Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday in the 12:05 p.m. game, has been pushed back to Friday, putting him on the same schedule as Lackey.
Ranaudo, who will be 25 in September, is on the 40-man roster but has yet to make his major league debut. In 21 starts with the PawSox this season, he is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA.