7/28/2014 6:23 P.M. ET
Farrell keeping players informed on possible deals
By Steven Petrella / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell was never traded at the Deadline as a player, but he knows the feeling of speculation this time of year.
So as a manager, Farrell said he tries to do everything he can to make sure players aren't in the dark as the rumor mill turns faster and faster this week ahead of Thursday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"It's out of professional courtesy and professional respect to the player that you do," Farrell said. "[General manager Ben Cherington] has been very much involved in this as well. Just trying to keep guys up to date if there's anything that has legitimacy to a given guy. Or the fact that in many cases, if not all, it's rumors and to put their thoughts at rest."
Jon Lester, of course, is at the center of this speculation. Reports indicate that a good number of contenders are interested in the Red Sox ace, set to be a free agent at season's end.
David Ortiz is holding out hope that Lester will be with the club moving forward, calling him "a keeper." He said for a player of Lester's talent, the Red Sox must be getting "half the team of some places."
"By this time, the trade talk is always out there," Ortiz said. "Sometimes it can be a little frustrating because some of your own teammates are going to be moved at some point. At the same time, it's the kind of situation you've got to deal with."
That's reality for a team nine games below .500 in late July.
"Last I checked, he's still in our uniform," Farrell said of Lester. "And again, to speculate on any kind of rumors is premature, but we recognize that that's part of the time of year."
Webster tabbed to face Yankees on Saturday
BOSTON --- Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster won his first start of the season Sunday and will make his second start Saturday against the Yankees, manager John Farrell said Monday.
"Everything points to Allen making that start. There's no plans right now to make any changes in our rotation," Farrell said.
On Sunday against the Rays, Webster pitched in place of Jake Peavy, who was dealt to the Giants this weekend. He allowed three hits, two runs and five walks while fanning four over 5 1/3 innings. He said after that his "body felt really good," but his "command wasn't as there as I wanted it to be."
Brandon Workman has made eight starts this year and could have been a replacement for Peavy. The righty is with Triple-A Pawtucket, but his jersey has been hanging in the Red Sox's clubhouse for the last few weeks. Farrell said there isn't an immiment roster move involving Workman.
"I know that there's a lot of speculation at this time of year that causes things to run rampant," Farrell said. "But he's left his stuff in that locker since he was optioned back to Pawtucket."
Webster threw more balls than strikes Sunday, but made pitches when he needed in a 3-2 Red Sox win. The club's No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com, has a 3.10 ERA and .234 average against in 21 appearances for Pawtucket this season.
• Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and broadcaster Joe Castiglione will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame during an Aug. 14 luncheon. They will participate in a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox play the Astros that night at Fenway.
The event is open to the public and anyone interested can e-mail email@example.com for tickets or more information. Tables to the luncheon start at $2,500 and individual tickets are $250.
• The Red Sox began a weeklong effort of community engagement Monday. Shane Mora, a 14-year-old Hodgkin's lymphoma patient from Luna, N.M., visited Fenway and met third baseman Xander Bogaerts, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez will host a children's hitting clinic at 11:30 a.m. ET at Fenway. Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino will host children from different organizations throughout the week, and several more Make-A-Wish dreams will come true as well.
The Clay Buchholz Foundation will host a bowling event at Lucky Strike Lanes, right next to Fenway, on Thursday from 6-10 p.m.
The weeklong effort ends Aug. 4, with the inaugural Red Sox Foundation Golf Tournament at Belmont Country Club from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Red Sox alumni and other former Boston athletes will be there to help benefit the Franciscan Hospital for Children.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.