After being arrested for DUI earlier this spring, Drake Britton’s season has finally turned around for the best with his pitching in minor league and to three months later, being in the mix to start the for Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
Britton, who came into the 2013 season without to prove after nearly spending five seasons in the minor has put together a solid campaign with Double-A Portland. In 17 games pitched (16 starts), he went 7-6 with a 3.51 ERA in 97 innings. Britton’s control was even said to have been better has he compiled a 80/36 strikeout to walk ratio with the Seadogs.
Only July 5, he took Terry Doyle’s spot on the Pawtucket Red Sox roster and made his Triple-A debut this past Tuesday in Leigh Valley. Britton struggled suffering the loss against the Iron Pigs giving up 10 hits and five runs in five and one-third innings pitched.
Despite his not so good outing, it didn’t stop the Red Sox for him to be considered to a possible spot start against the Athletes this weekend along with Steven Wright and Brandon Workman.
Farrell told Evan Drellich from MassLive.com the following on Britton’s possible status for Sunday.
"Britton's on schedule as well," Farrell said Thursday. "That would be his fifth day. It would probably come from one of those three. As we get through these next couple days, we might get a better read on that."
If Britton doesn’t get the start on Sunday, expect him to continue to start for the Pawsox this year and if all goes well, he could be a September call up and help the Red Sox out of the bullpen or even make a spot start if necessary as well.