CLEVELAND -- Thanks to some inclement weather in the first week of the season, it's been difficult for the Red Sox to get into the rhythm and routine of the regular season.
Since playing two exhibition games in Montreal last weekend, the Red Sox have played just twice in the five days following, with an off-day Sunday, a postponement Monday, games Tuesday and Wednesday, and yet another rainout Thursday night.
"It's something completely out of our control,'' said John Farrell. "We've been able to go through semi-regular pre-game (work) with the exception of (taking infield). We've hit every day, our guys have been able to throw their bullpens as scheduled.
"So we'll go into (the domed Rogers Centre in Toronto) and be uninterrupted for the next three. That's behind us and we're looking forward to going into Toronto.''
As for pitching plans, the Red Sox simply pushed everyone back a day, meaning Joe Kelly, Thursday's scheduled starter, will now pitch the opener in Toronto Friday, followed by Rick Porcello Saturday and Steven Wright Sunday.
That leaves David Price as the pitcher in the home opener on Monday against Baltimore.
At the end of spring training, Farrell said he wanted Price "pitching as much as possible'' within the confines of a five-day rotation and the Sox could have kept him on schedule by having him pitch the road trip finale in Toronto while skipping Wright.
But Wright pitched effectively against the same Toronto lineup in Montreal last weekend, giving the Red Sox confidence he could handle the Jays at Rogers Centre, too.
Meanwhile, the teams did not announce a rescheduling of Thursday's postponed game, though all signs point to a makeup on Aug. 15. There are three other common off-days for the clubs, but in all but the Aug. 15 date, one team or the other would be playing games for more than 20 days in a row, violating one of the tenets of the collective bargaining agreement.
Occasionally, players are asked to waive that right and are sometimes given financial incentive to do so.