With starters struggling, bullpen help might be needed

With starters struggling, bullpen help might be needed

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are likely to make a roster move prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees, but the activation of right fielder Shane Victorino might have to wait until Thursday.

With their starting pitchers going less than five innings the past two games, the Red Sox might need to call up a reliever for Wednesday's game.

It remains to be seen how Boston will open up a roster spot, but struggling outfielder Daniel Nava did meet with manager John Farrell after Tuesday's 9-3 loss with the door closed.

Nava's back was also taped up, leaving open the possibility he could be optioned to the Minors or placed on the 15-day disabled list.

If the Red Sox do call up a pitcher, it could be just for one day, with Victorino filling that roster spot Thursday, when lefty CC Sabathia takes the ball for the Yankees.

Victorino went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, the third game of his Minor League rehab assignment.

"We may have a pitching move because of how deep we've had to go in the bullpen the last couple of days, so Shane is not a given for tomorrow," said Farrell.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.