Cespedes (hand contusion) back in lineup

BOSTON -- A few notes from Fenway Park on Thursday as the Red Sox get set to begin an 11-day, 11-game homestand -- their longest since 2011 -- against the Houston Astros. The Astros are winless in seven games played between the two teams at Fenway.

Alex Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday afternoon as Anthony Ranaudo was optioned following his win against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the move was made to give his team a normal complement of relievers again.

Brandon Workman, who pitched out of the bullpen in Saturday’s 19-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels, will take Ranaudo’s spot in the rotation after having his turn skipped.

• Despite leaving Wednesday’s game with a right hand contusion, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup Thursday and playing left field. Farrell said that removing Cespedes on Wednesday was precautionary and that he could have played the rest of the game.

“We don’t anticipate any issues as he goes through BP here today,” Farrell said.

Meanwhile, Xander Bogaerts will get the night off Thursday as Brock Holt moves to shortstop and Will Middlebrooks gets a day at third.

Allen Craig is expected to take batting practice on the field Thursday and could soon find himself getting ready to go out on a rehab assignment. Craig was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 2 with a left foot sprain.

Also placed on the disabled list Aug. 2, David Ross continues to recover from plantar fasciitis in his right foot and could start to catch bullpens either Friday or Saturday.

Farrell said that both players are “advancing gradually.”