BOSTON — Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Monday that recently acquired lefthander Erik Bedard is scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale against Cleveland.
Bedard, traded from Seattle to Boston in a three-team deal just before the non-waiver trade deadline Sunday, is expected to join the Red Sox on Tuesday.
In a pair of moves on Sunday, Boston first sent minor league right-handers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. The Red Sox then traded Robinson to the Mariners with Double-A outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang for Bedard and Josh Fields.
Boston had to bolster its starting pitching depth with right-hander Clay Buchholz sidelined with a back injury. The club already lost right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka for the season after he had Tommy John surgery in early June.
Francona said Buchholz saw specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles today, but the team’s medical personnel still need to go over the results.
Various media reports have Buchholz possibly lost for the season with a stress fracture in his back.
“Now we need to let Dr. Watkins talk to the medical people and Theo (general manager, Epstein),” Francona said. “We’ll have an update tomorrow or maybe later tonight.”
Boston had acquired righthander Rich Harden from Oakland last Saturday night, but the deal fell through when the Red Sox reviewed his medical records.
MLB NOTES: Johan Santana’s next minor league rehab start is likely to be pushed back a day because the New York Mets ace didn’t feel as strong as he would like during his latest side session. Santana pitched three scoreless innings Thursday for Class-A St. Lucie in his first rehab outing since shoulder surgery last September. The lefthander threw 26 of 33 pitches for strikes and allowed two hits against the Daytona Cubs. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Santana threw on the side Monday, but didn’t feel great. So the team plans to move his next scheduled appearance with St. Lucie from Wednesday to Thursday. Alderson said there’s no reason to rush Santana’s recovery, and the team will know Tuesday if there is any further change to the pitcher’s schedule. Santana felt no pain, his arm just didn’t feel as strong as he hoped, Alderson explained. Santana hopes to pitch for the Mets before the season is over. If he has no major setbacks, the two-time Cy Young Award winner could return by the end of August.