BOSTON -- The Red Sox have elected to give rookie Allen Webster another shot at his first major-league win, manager John Farrell announcing that Webster will draw the start Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
This will be the fourth start this season for Webster, who was charged with the loss in a 10-3 defeat at Detroit last Saturday. Webster gave up a first-inning grand slam to Victor Martinez, and another run in the fourth on Austin Jackson’s RBI single, and has an 0-2 record and 11.25 ERA over three starts, one in each of the season’s first three months.
This will be the first time Webster will make a second turn in the rotation before being returned to Pawtucket. He was selected over Alfredo Aceves, who has won all three of his emergency starts, and Rubby De La Rosa.
“Setting aside the first inning, and one pitch that landed unfortunately in the seats, this is a good matchup against Toronto," Farrell said. “He faced them in spring training. I thought he settled down to do a solid job in the time that he remained on the mound the other night. And we don’t want to get into a constant up-and-down with a number of guys, try to create a little continuity.
“Part of Allen’s transition in getting established here is do just that, to stay with him for the time being, allow him to go through the rotation a couple of times, work with our staff here and become a little bit more comfortable with the big-league environment."
Clay Buchholz, of course, is on the DL indefinitely. Buchholz, who last started on June 8 and has made just two starts for a total of 11 2/3 innings since May 22, had what Farrell called an aggressive long-toss session on flat ground Tuesday, and is planning to get on the mound Wednesday. Barring a setback -- and there have been plenty of those -- Buchholz could go out on a rehab assignment perhaps as soon as Sunday or Monday.