Francona plans to meet with his coaching staff again before making the anticipated Salazar start official. Salazar made 10 starts to open the season, going 3-5 with a 5.50 ERA in those outings. He was then moved to the bullpen and worked a scoreless inning last Thursday against Oakland in his regular-season relief debut.
Salazar's last start came on May 27 against Kansas City, when he worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) with five walks and four strikeouts.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City.