Red Sox manager John Farrell announced his plan for the starting rotation and there was one surprise - Clay Buchholz will be the fifth starter.
If all goes as planned the rest of the spring, Jon Lester will start opening day March 31 against the Baltimore Orioles followed by John Lackey, Felix Doubront, Jake Peavy, then Buchholz.
Farrell said, "All things playing out, health and otherwise, that’s kind of the way things are rolling."
The name that stands out would be Clay Buchholz being named the fifth starter. The reasoning appears to be the option of giving Buchholz extra rest to begin the season. Buchholz missed three months last year with neck and shoulder issues and has only made more than 20 starts twice in his career.
Jake Peavy, who has yet to pitch in a game this spring because of cut suffered while fishing, is expected to be ready. If he can't go for whatever reason, Brandon Workman, Chris Capuano and Allen Webster could be possible options.