Red Sox manager Terry Francona is hoping the rest will give Wakefield, a starter, a chance to recover from an ailing back and pitch for the team in the ALCS and beyond if Boston goes that far.
"We want to give him a chance to pitch on our roster in the series," Francona added. "It was putting the team in a very difficult spot, but we needed a chance to talk about it again."
Wakefield, a 41-year-old right-handed knuckleballer, finished with a 17-12 record and a 4.76 ERA in 31 starts for the AL East champions. He missed a scheduled start Aug. 31 with a back injury and ended the season 1-2 in his last five starts, allowing 39 hits and 24 earned runs over his 24 2/3 final innings.