Since Sept. 16, Thornton has pitched just once. He entered Saturday's game having not been used in a week.
"We need to get Matt Thornton on the mound," said Farrell. "We want to get Junichi [Tazawa] to the mound. Our regular guys who have been out there, we certainly want to get them one or two appearances before we end tomorrow. And then to see Felix [Doubront] coming out of the bullpen, whether it's a one, one-plus or two-inning type stint. We're trying to get a number of things accomplished."
Whether or not the Red Sox go with a more situational pitcher like Thornton or someone with better pure stuff such as Doubront could depend on who the Red Sox play in the ALDS, Farrell confirmed.
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