GM: Glut of starters 'good problem to have'

BOSTON -- The Red Sox still haven’t received word from Major League Baseball regarding starting pitcher Brandon Workman’s appeal of his six-game suspension handed out June 3. Farrell said that despite the lack of information, there has been no frustration with the situation.

“We’ve communicated directly with Brandon to stay the course until deemed otherwise,” Farrell said. “We know his next scheduled start is Friday, we’ve got other options in place when we need to put those in motion. We’ll adjust when word comes down.”

The likely candidate to replace Workman if he is suspended is left-hander Felix Doubront (shoulder), who threw five hitless innings and struck out 10 in his third rehab start Sunday. Meanwhile, rehabbing right-hander Clay Buchholz (knee) is expected to make his second rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday.

As the return of Buchholz and Doubront approaches, Workman (six innings, two runs allowed Sunday against Cleveland) and Rubby De La Rosa (seven shutout innings Monday) appear the logical candidates to be sent down despite their recent strong performances. Cherington described the situation as “a good problem to have.”

“We’ll see where we are when we get to that point. We’re waiting on a number of things,” Cherington said. “We just have to wait on a few things before we make any decisions. If we have tough decisions or tough conversations to have, I’ll take those tough conversations as opposed to the alternative of not having any tough decisions.”