The Red Sox will not implement a six-man rotation ...Errr, not so fast!
It looks like the team will introduce such a scheme, at least for awhile.
It might be for a time or two through ... [T]hat wouldn't be the worst thing for a short period of time. Again, not for a long period because guys don't pitch enough. With days off, the All-Star break, you have too many good pitchers that won't pitch enough. But for a short period of time we could live with that, yeah.Perhaps that short period of time will be until the All-Star break. Boston has four days off (July 13-16) and could reset its rotation, if necessary.
It's really a situation of surplus and it gives them ways to try to figure out how to make this thing work with some creativity and some strength. ... there's an opportunity to rest and keep guys fresh. ... I think everybody gets carried away with what might happen, when the reality is, where we're at today is a pretty good place.Francona and Smoltz talked about Smoltz's Sox debut next Thursday, June 25, against the Nationals.
The Sox manager also saw nothing untoward in Clay Buchholz's recent comments:
If you go down and ask 25 guys in Pawtucket, which one of them do you think is going to say, "I don't want to go to the big leagues." I mean seriously, who do you think would do that? Whoever says it, we don't want him. This kid's pitching his ass off. I think Buch is maturing rapidly and handling a situation that maybe he wouldn't have been able to in the past.The Globe's Ben Collins manages to insult Manny Ramirez in a story about David Ortiz's offensive resurgence. It was completely unnecessary, yet sadly typical of a segment of the Boston media.