On Sunday against the Rays, Webster pitched in place of Jake Peavy, who was dealt to the Giants this weekend. He allowed three hits, two runs and five walks while fanning four over 5 1/3 innings. He said after that his "body felt really good," but his "command wasn't as there as I wanted it to be."
Brandon Workman has made eight starts this year and could have been a replacement for Peavy. The righty is with Triple-A Pawtucket, but his jersey has been hanging in the Red Sox's clubhouse for the last few weeks. Farrell said there isn't an immiment roster move involving Workman.
"I know that there's a lot of speculation at this time of year that causes things to run rampant," Farrell said. "But he's left his stuff in that locker since he was optioned back to Pawtucket."
Webster threw more balls than strikes Sunday, but made pitches when he needed in a 3-2 Red Sox win. The club's No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com, has a 3.10 ERA and .234 average against in 21 appearances for Pawtucket this season.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.