Wells to make minor league start


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – David Wells threw a side session Wednesday and is set for a minor league start.

Boston’s 42-year-old left-hander, back from offseason knee surgery, will join the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox for a start Friday night against the Indianapolis Indians.

His first outing for Boston is scheduled for April 12 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park, the first time the Red Sox need a fifth starter.

Manager Terry Francona said he doesn’t expect Wells to excel against minor league hitters because “the bigger the stage, the better a pitcher he is. I just want him to pitch.”

With two days off the first eight days of the season, the Red Sox put Wells on the disabled list after his second spring training start.