Red Sox ready to summon Johnson and Owens in days ahead


BOSTON -- For now, the Red Sox aren't making any changes to their starting rotation.

The Sox will pitch Eduardo Rodriguez Friday night against Tampa, followed by Joe Kelly Saturday and Wade Miley Sunday.

But come Monday, with an off-day scheduled, the Red Sox will begin contemplating some changes, including regular turns for both Brian Johnson and Henry Owens.

Johnson made one start earlier this month in Houston, but was returned to Pawtucket immediately after the outing. Owens has yet to make his major league debut.

"We've got the ability to adjust going forward,'' said manager John Farrell. "But as we're taking a look at Jackie (Bradley Jr. in the outfield), our goal and our intent is to see Brian Johnson and probably Henry Owens at some point. So all that is on the horizon.''

But though it might make some sense to pitch either or both next week in Yankee Stadium, which is friendly for lefty pitchers, Farrell said that would be to soon to make the changes.

"I wouldn't say we'd go into New York with two new lefties in the rotation,'' said Farrell. "I don't think we would do that as of yet. Without [Pawtucket's] schedule and their rotation and how they slot in . . . we've got a chance on Monday to adjust accordingly.''

It's possible the Red Sox are waiting until they make additional deals before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline to make room on the 25-man roster for both Johnson and Owens.

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