OAKLAND -- Red Sox manager John Farrell announced the team’s starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break, and as has been customary since he became part of the rotation, Jon Lester will gain a couple days of extra rest.
Ryan Dempster is scheduled to pitch a week from Monday in the opener of a four-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays, with the fifth slot still to be determined. Rookie Brandon Workman made a strong bid for that spot by taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his first big-league start Sunday at Oakland.
All of the Sox starters will gain extra rest from this alignment. Lester, who pitched here Saturday, will get seven days’ rest, Doubront will have eight days off and Lackey seven. Dempster will get the most time, 10 days.
Lester had eight days between starts at the break last season. In 2011, he was on the DL over the break with a shoulder strain and went 20 days between starts. In both 2009 and 2010, he had eight days, and in ’08 the break was 12 days.
Clay Buchholz, who has pitched just twice since May 22 and hasn’t pitched at all since June 8, threw a bullpen session Sunday, with no issues reported. He is scheduled to throw in New York, where he will be representing the Sox on the All-Star team, with a simulated game the next step in the progession. If all goes well, he’ll be sent out on a rehab assignment, which makes it unlikely that he’ll be back much before the end of July.