The Red Sox have shifted AAA right handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to start Friday in the minors, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe tweeted Wednesday.
The news comes on the same day it was reported that there's a "very good chance" John Lackey is traded before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. Lester is scheduled to start Friday's matchup vs. New York. Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester is also reportedly in the mix for being traded. Lester was scratched from Wednesday's start because of what manager John Farrell said was "all the uncertainty surrounding [him]." Lester, who has an ERA of 2.52, and Lackey, who has a 3.60 ERA, have each made 21 starts this year.
Boston went into Wednesday's matchup at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at just 48-59 and fifth in the AL East. The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is 4 p.m. EST on Thursday.
- Marc Weinreich