In past years, I would have thought this to be a wonderful scenario...not this year. Buchholz hasn't been on all year, Doubront is headed to the DL, and Peavy has had more downs than ups this year. The only bright spot in this sub-par rotation has been Lester. He has been the only consistently good pitcher this year. With Doubront on the DL and Buchholz's ineffectiveness, the Sox could be looking for two replacements soon.
I would like the see Workman get the first shot at filling in. He was effective late last year before going back to the pen. His poor outings in Pawtucket would make it hard to justify bringing him back. He needs to get back on track before getting another crack at the rotation in Boston.
I would like to see Ranaudo and Barnes brought up before the summer. Ranaudo has been looking better with every start and could be ready to make the jump to the majors in very little time. Barnes struggled after being promoted to AAA last season and was hurt at the beginning of this season. He seems to be back at full strength now and with a few more starts, could be right behind Ranaudo.
Both of these guys at least deserve a chance to show what they can do. The back end of the bullpen is in shambles and needs new life. I think these guys could light that spark and show the fans what the future holds. For the past few years, we have all heard about the pitching prospects the Sox have...why not use them??