CINCINNATI -- Anthony Ranaudo, who turned in a sparkling Major League debut against the Yankees on Aug. 1, will get another chance to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds.
The highly touted righty was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, and lefty Edwin Escobar, who is ranked Boston's No. 11 prospect, spent just one day on the roster, was sent back to Triple-A.
Ranaudo, the club's sixth-ranked prospect, will temporarily replace right-hander Brandon Workman, who has struggled of late.
As of now, the plan is for Workman to miss just one turn through the rotation. Manager John Farrell thinks Workman can benefit from the rest.
"We felt like he could use some extended rest," said Farrell. "And I think as much as of what's happened last year with pitching two more months than he's ever pitched in his life has had some carryover. All things combined, we're giving him a little bit of a breather and hopefully we'll be able to stay away from him this time through the rotation."
Ranaudo allowed four hits and two runs over six innings in his debut against the Yankees before being sent down the next day.
"I think pitching against the Yankees on a Friday night at Fenway allows me to take a deep breath and say I've done that," Ranaudo said. "Not that this game isn't very important to me, it's just that having that first one out of the way and the significance behind that first game is nice. I feel a lot more prepared now going out there and a lot more confident that I can just focus on the game and focus on pitch-to-pitch adjustments and executing pitches."
One thing will be different about this start for Ranaudo though. With the game being played under National League rules, he gets to hit.
When was the last time Ranaudo swung a bat in a game?
"Senior year of high school," Ranaudo said. "I knocked some rust off in the cages. The bunting I felt OK about, the swings I don't know. We'll see. Hopefully it'll come back to me tomorrow."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.