Uncertainty, unease permeate clubhouse

BOSTON -- With no new developments immediately following Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox's clubhouse had an uneasy feeling to it.

The main thing many were sure of? Thursday's off day couldn't come at a better time.

"Given the last 48 hours, getting past 4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon will be good for everyone downstairs," manager John Farrell said.

With less than a full day left before the trade deadline, the fate of many Red Sox players still hang in the balance. Rumors surrounding the likes of Jon Lester, John Lackey and others continue to circulate. Meanwhile, the Red Sox were trying to process being swept at home and losing their eighth game in the past nine days.

"I wouldn't say it's putting any pressure on anyone," Brock Holt said of the deadline. "I think guys in this locker room get it, pushing things aside. The fact of the matter is we're just not going out and performing. When guys do that against good teams, more than likely you're going to get beat."

To this point, everything was still the same for the team since Felix Doubront was traded earlier that afternoon. Lester stayed for all nine innings of the game. Lackey was seen in the clubhouse, although he declined requests to talk. However, the reality of the deadline still echoed throughout the room.

"It's not my decision to make or my spot to say anything about it," Holt said. "Obviously we're hoping to keep the guys that we have, we like having them around. We'll just have to see how it all pans out."

Said Brandon Workman, who was charged with the loss Wednesday: "I guess it could be a lot more different here in the next couple of days. A lot of faces that were with us last year are already gone and more, I guess, could go. It's definitely a different atmosphere.

"It will be sad if some of those guys end up leaving and they're not around here anymore."

Sad, yes. However, nobody has said goodbye just yet.

"Nobody knows," David Ortiz said of Lester's situation. "I've got his phone number."