Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox recalled pitcher Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket to make Wednesday's start in place of Jon Lester in the finale of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Red Sox manager John Farrell cited the possibility of Lester being traded as the reason for the change. Farrell made the announcement in the postgame press conference following Boston's 4-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
Lester, however, will start Friday if he isn't dealt by Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Workman is 1-3 with a 4.13 earned run average over 11 games (eight starts) for Boston this season. He has produced a 6-1 record and 4.45 ERA in 10 starts for Pawtucket.
The Sox also dealt left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.
Doubront was 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 appearances for Boston this season. The 26-year-old will depart New England after going 26-22 with a 4.82 ERA and three saves over 98 games (69 starts) since 2010.