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In the heels of winning the World Series, the Red Sox entered the 2014 season with six starting pitchers for five spots, a good problem to have. Well, now we can consider that problem solved.
Starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will turn 37 in May, has told Ken Rosenthal that he will definitely not play baseball in 2014.
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right,” Dempster told Rosenthal. “I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season.”
Dempster told Rosenthal he is stepping away due to physical reasons and the desire to spend more time with his children.
Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are expected to place Dempster on the restricted list. The pitcher is under contract for this year at $13.25 million.
The Red Sox will trot out starters Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, John Lackey and Felix Doubront this season.