• Farrell didn't seem surprised that Mike Carp went public with his desire to be traded. Carp, who wants more playing time, did get the start at first base Sunday.
"We've had a chance to sit down and talk," Farrell said. "I respect his desire to play more. And yet, when you've been very consistent with what his role was a year ago, that was to be the same role this year. And I understand where players want to get on the field more consistently. So I respect what he had to say."
• In the event that Felix Doubront remains with the Red Sox and doesn't get traded before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, he's likely to work primarily out of the bullpen for the rest of the season. But that doesn't mean he can't still project as a starter long term.
"This is still a left-handed pitcher who's got good stuff," Farrell said. "Consistency has been something that's always been a focal point from start to start, or in any given inning. That still remains. But when you start to grade out the physical abilities, you would think that he's certainly capable of more."
• Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn is close to working full-time again as he battled back from a brain hemorrhage sustained in early June.
"He thought he'd be ready to make this trip, but everything points to him making every road trip from here on out," said Farrell. "When we return [Monday], we fully expect him in the dugout for the full nine innings. We're looking forward to having him back."
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