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Smoltz to Pitch in Pawtucket; Majors Next Week

The long awaited arrival of John Smoltz to the Red Sox rotation may only be days away. The Boston Globe is reporting the 210 game winner will make his debut next Thursday against the Washington Nationals. Tomorrow night Smoltz will make an abbreviated rehab start in Pawtucket.

As for the logjam Smoltz’s arrival will create at starting pitcher, Red Sox coach Terry Francona says the Sox will most likely use a six man rotation for the time being. Smoltz has been rehabbing off-season shoulder surgery.

My Take: It’s definitely good news for Sox fans that Smoltz will at least be in the fold. The jury is out on how effective he’ll be right off the bat and what the Sox will do about their abundance of starting pitchers, but any time you can bring in a former Cy Young pitcher to your rotation it’s a good thing.

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2 comments for “Smoltz to Pitch in Pawtucket; Majors Next Week”

  1. [...] and it seems the only obstacle is making a move to get him a roster and rotation spot. The Red Sox decided against putting Smoltz in a position to make his Red Sox debut his former team, the Braves. With Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, and Tim Wakefield as the probable starters [...]

    Posted by Derek Lowe Returns to Fenway with Braves | Sports of Boston | June 19, 2009, 2:05 pm
  2. [...] Given Dice-K’s recent subpar performance, this action comes as no surprise, especially now with Smoltz ready to join Red Sox. [...]

    Posted by Dice-K Placed on 15-Day DL | Sports of Boston | June 21, 2009, 12:57 pm

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