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BOSTON -- There has been no official announcement by the Red Sox about who will pitch on Wednesday against the White Sox. But the club dropped a strong hint that it will be righty Rubby De La Rosa.

In his start for Triple-A Pawtucket, De La Rosa was pulled after just one inning.

"We took him out so he would be a candidate for sure," said manager John Farrell. "He and [Anthony] Ranaudo have been throwing the ball well there. But Rubby was shortened for the specific purpose of being a candidate for Wednesday."

When Clay Buchholz was on the disabled list, De La Rosa did a standout job in the rotation, going 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts.

It would not be surprising to see De La Rosa become a regular member of Boston's rotation at some point in the near future.

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.

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