Red Sox will start Aceves on Thursday

The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday announced that Alfredo Aceves will start Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, likely pushing Felix Doubront to Friday night and skipping John Lackey, who suffered a strained biceps over the weekend.

The Red Sox had been in wait-and-see mode on Lackey after an MRI did not reveal a tear in the right biceps. A trip to the disabled list has not been ruled out, but Lackey could also return as early as Sunday.

If Lackey doesn’t pitch Sunday, the ball would go to Clay Buchholz, who would be on normal rest. Jon Lester is likely to start on Saturday, also on normal rest, but that has not been made official.

Lackey is coming off Tommy John surgery on his elbow. This injury is not believed to be related.