You have to think that a Red Sox trade for a starting pitcher is imminent with the move to option Tanner Houck to Triple A Worcester on Thursday afternoon.

Houck was brilliant last night, Wednesday, July 29th in his start in the 2nd game of the doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.  He allowed 1 run on 2 hits with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk.

In 6 major league appearances this season, 4 starts he has a 2.45 earned run average with 30 strikeouts and 5 walks.

He has made 6 starts for Worcester and is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA.

The trade deadline is Friday, July 30th at 4 p.m.

The Red Sox take on Toronto Thursday night, with the pregame starting at 6:10 p.m. and first pitch at 7:10 p.m. on AM 1370 WDEA.