Red Sox news for today:
- Oritz looks to be getting back on track with another HR last night, his fifth of the season. He’s now 5 of his last 10.
- Kevin Youkilis has surpassed Mark Teixeira for 1B balloting, but just barely, by only 1315 votes. Get your votes in (25 max per person) by July 2 on MLB.com.
- Tonight’s Red Sox game will be the 500th consecutive sellout: quite an achievement, especially in this economy.
- Jed Lowrie has begun his rehab stint in Florida and should head to Pawtucket this weekend. He’s at least one week out from returning to the Sox.
- Eric Gagne is returning to baseball. Wait…what? Yes, that’s correct. Gagne has joined the Quebec Capitales and will be present for their game in Worcester, MA against the Worcester Tornadoes in Hanover Insurance Park. These teams are part of the Canadian-American League.
- And last but not least, the Red Sox are to consider a six-man rotation…
The Globe is reporting today that with the impending return of John Smoltz, the Red Sox are considering a six-man rotation.
“It might be for a time or two through, it certainly could happen,” manager Terry Francona said. “I don’t know that we need to make our rotation out two weeks ahead of time.”
No surprises here. I don’t see any issues with increasing the rotation size, unless it adversely affects the starters’ readiness for games, i.e. they are waiting too long between starts. If anything, it should keep the team healthier overall…something that could become very valuable come September. We’ll see what happens.
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