Ranaudo debuts, Middlebrooks back Friday

July, 31, 2014
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BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington met with the media for roughly 40 minutes, answering questions about Thursday’s trades.

Here is a summation of how the deals immediately impact the composition of the team:

• Rookie right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will make his major-league debut Friday night, starting in John Lackey’s place against the New York Yankees.

Xander Bogaerts will return to shortstop, where he opened the season and started 53 games before shifting to third base.

Will Middlebrooks will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket and play third base.

Shane Victorino likely is headed to the disabled list with a recurrence of the hamstring issues that have plagued him all season.

• Power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, acquired from Oakland, is expected at least for the time being to play in right field, a position that will be new to him in the big leagues but which he played in Cuba, Cherington said.

• Outfielder-first baseman Allen Craig, acquired from St. Louis, will play left field.

• Pitcher Joe Kelly, acquired from the Cardinals, will be slotted into the starting rotation.

Brock Holt will continue to fill the super-utility role he has played much of the season.

• An additional reliever will be called up from Pawtucket, with a corresponding roster move still to be made.

• The Red Sox rotation, as presently constituted, includes Kelly, Clay Buchholz, Allen Webster, Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa. It remains to be seen whether Ranaudo is here for more than one start.

• Cherington said he was not certain how many of the newcomers will be in uniform for Friday night's game against the Yankees.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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