NEW YORK -- Though Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino have been two of Boston's most impactful hitters during this series against the Yankees, they were both out of the starting lineup on Sunday.
Manager John Farrell came to the conclusion a couple of weeks back that Napoli seems to be more productive when he gets regular rest. So that was the thinking in keeping him out of the mix Sunday.
Victorino has been playing through various ailments all season, so the Red Sox are just trying to keep him in decent health for the stretch run.
"Keeping guys as fresh as possible," said Farrell. "Both he and Shane are down as planned days to take advantage of tomorrow's off-day as well. We've got a couple guys obviously coming back to us, [Jarrod Saltalamacchia] behind the plate. I think guys understand that this time of year, we're just trying to keep everybody as fresh as possible."
Buchholz returns, Doubront skipped in rotation shuffle
NEW YORK -- Clay Buchholz, who has experienced the whirlwind this week of completing his Minor League rehab and welcoming the birth of his second child, rejoined the Red Sox on Sunday and completed the final steps necessary to return to the rotation on Tuesday at Tropicana Field against the Rays.
Ryan Dempster will stay on turn and just pitch a day late -- on Wednesday against the Rays. Jake Peavy will complete the three-game set.
Left-hander Felix Doubront, who has struggled lately, will miss his next turn through the rotation.
"As we mentioned before the game, we feel like [going with] the guys who are keeping the game under control," said manager John Farrell. "With Felix, we feel like he needs some added days right now."
Earlier this season, the Red Sox gave Doubront a breather, and he came back to pitch his best stretch of the season until cooling off recently.
"It's going to help," said Doubront. "I've got no problem with that. Skip one start, do more work, rest. This time, [the rest is] good. I feel like I need it. The last start wasn't the same delivery. Just rest a little bit and work in the bullpen."
As for Buchholz, his bullpen session on Sunday went well.
"Everything was good," Buchholz said. "I threw all my pitches. Curveball was probably the sharpest pitch I threw, and that's usually the last one I get the feel for in Spring Training. I threw everything: Cutter, sinker, fastball. It all felt fine."
Farrell said Buchholz would probably throw 75 to 80 pitches on Tuesday.
Buchholz hasn't pitched since June 8 with a right bursa sac strain. He is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 12 starts this season.
Webster arrives to add bullpen depth
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox welcomed another September callup to the clubhouse on Sunday, as right-hander Allen Webster rejoined the team as another bullpen arm.
Webster made six starts earlier this season, but he has worked out of the bullpen for Triple-A Pawtucket during their on-going playoff series.
"I liked it," said Webster, who is ranked the club's No. 3 prospect. "You get to go out there and really just focus on getting one out at a time. I think it might help if I incorporated that into starting a little."
Sometimes the biggest adjustment for a starting pitcher transitioning to the bullpen is the warmup process, but Webster is fine with that.
"I'm pretty quick as a starter anyway," Webster said. "I just go through my same little routines and I'm ready to go."
In six starts for the Red Sox this season, Webster was 1-2 with a 9.57 ERA.
However, his pitches can be devastating at times and the Red Sox hope it will play well out of the bullpen.
"Based on what we saw in Spring Training, and I know that's Spring Training, but in one- or two-inning stints, very powerful, a lot more strikes," said manager John Farrell. "He's got that opportunity here now."