No contingency in place if Peavy dealt

HOUSTON -- Less than 24 hours before Jake Peavy's next anticipated start, the Red Sox currently have no contingency plan in place in case he gets traded.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Friday's game against the Houston Astros that he has no knowledge of any possible trade of the veteran starter at this point.

"I think if I'm made aware that something is imminent, there will be a contingency plan," Farrell said. "But there's no contingency for now."

Peavy acknowledged Tuesday night that he might have made his last start with the team he won a World Series with in 2013.

Peavy -- who is 1-7 with a 4.64 ERA so far this season -- is expected to start in Saturday's game against the Houston Astros. But Farrell's latest comments suggested that nothing is certain with the All-Star break on the horizon.

"There's no way that I would have ever -- in any way, shape or form -- thought this would be the situation we'd be faced with," Peavy said Tuesday. "That being said, this is a humbling game. There are a lot of intangibles and variables that go into putting together a championship ball club. And this shows, on a year-to-year basis, just how tough it is."

The St. Louis Cardinals sent a scout on a one-day mission to see Peavy pitch in his last start. In a no-decision result against Baltimore, Peavy pitched six innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- six hits and two walks, while striking out three. He has pitched at least five innings in 17 of his 18 starts this season, pitching at least six innings in all but three of those.

Peavy has allowed just three runs over his last 12 innings.

Farrell further empathized with Peavy's situation and the fact that the veteran's name is being tossed heavily in the trade rumor mills for the second time in less than a year.

"They’re well aware and have seen it many times over," Farrell said of veterans in Peavy's situation. "He was traded last year to us, so he having gone through it personally, I don’t see it taking away or distracting the way he’ll go about his game tomorrow."

The San Diego Padres traded him to the Chicago White Sox, who traded him to the Red Sox, who are now sorting through their options to find another landing spot. Along with St. Louis, the Atlanta Braves have been mentioned as possible suitors.

• The Red Sox on Friday will face veteran Houston Astros starter Scott Feldman, who they hit well in 2013. In three starts, Feldman went 0-2 against Boston last season, allowing 16 runs in just 12 1-3 innings pitched, good for a 9.49 ERA.

• Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will bat sixth for the first time in his career Friday night as the Red Sox begin their three-game series with the Houston Astros. Brock Holt is back in the outfield after spending the last two games in the infield after Xander Bogaerts got the day off on Thursday.

Here's the full Red Sox lineup:

1. Brock Holt, RF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Mike Carp, 1B

5. Daniel Nava, LF

6. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

7. Xander Bogaerts, 3B

8. Stephen Drew, SS

9. Christian Vazquez, C

SP -- John Lackey, RHP