The Boston Red Sox have announced that John Smoltz will start his first game in over a year on June 25 against the Washington Nationals. Smoltz has not started since last June as a member of the Atlanta Braves.
The 42 year-old has made 5 rehab starts in the minors and is slated to make his sixth Wednesday night for the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox. He will start in Daisuke Matsuzaka’s spot in the rotation.
If Smoltz does well, the Sox could find themselves in an interesting situation. They have been fortunate not to lose any starting pitchers to injury, however, Matsuzaka has been having issues on the mound. In seven starts, he is 1-4 with a 7.55 ERA. Would the team choose to take Matsuzaka out of the rotation or have six starters?