Saturday July 20, 2013 | 06:36 AM

With Andrew Bailey now likely out for the season, the Red Sox keep monitoring their options. We look at those in today's column, including some familiar names to Sea Dogs fans.

It seems that every pitching performance in Pawtucket and Portland will be analyzed with the question, "can this guy help in Boston?"

Rubby De La Rosa's name keeps popping up. Boston wants him as a starter, but his pitch count rises rapidly with Pawtucket. He lasted 3 1/3 innings (80 pitches) Friday night: 5 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 1 K. His ERA rose to 3.90.

Clayton Mortensen, who began the season in Boston and is now off the 40-man roster, pitched two innings: 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K ... newly-signed Jose Contreras pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings: 2 BB, 4 K.

Will Middlebrooks (.262) went 3-for-5 for Pawtucket ... Dan Butler (.243) hit his seventh home run.

Portland's Anthony Ranaudo could find his way to Fenway this year. He allowed two runs through six innings on Friday, then gave up a home run and double in the 7th. That runner on second eventually scored. Ranaudo's line: 6 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K. ERA now 2.87.

Noe Ramirez, recently promoted from Salem, allowed the inherited run to score but looked fine otherwise: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 4 K ... Streaky Michael Almanzar (.274) was 2-for-4 ... Travis Shaw (.224) his his 11th home run.

Portland outfielder Kolbrin Vitek went on the DL (concussion) ... Salem outfielder Keury De La Cruz (.288) might be a good replacement. He went 3-for-5 Friday with his sixth home run.

Speaking of promotions from Salem, we have already pointed out that the Sea Dogs need another starter for Monday's doubleheader, and Monday is Henry Owens' next day to pitch ... and if Owens pitches Monday for the Sea Dogs, his next start for Portland would be next Saturday in Boston, during the Sea Dogs' Futures at Fenway game.



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