I'm not sure what to think, but to look beyond Dice-K returning to the rotation I think is a bit premature. Sure, it's nice to be ahead of the curve, and it is likely Smoltz will be in the rotation when he's completely healthy, but he's not activated, and a setback could always rear its ugly head. It's also important to remember that Dice-K is returning from an injury, and he could re-aggravate it. Lester had that huge innings spike last year, and isn't pitching like the same guy this year, so who knows, maybe an injury crops up. Beckett has never ever been a model of good health, and he always remains a possibility to miss some time. Penny is also oft injured (and trash). There are a lot of questions and potential questions that could arise between now and Smoltz projected date back. In the short term when Dice-K returns I expect the sox rotation looks like: Beckett/Lester/Dice-K/Wakefield/Penny. I think Penny will be looking at about a 1-2 start leash, and if he doesn't show something, that spot will go to Masterson. I do think the Sox ideal situation is that Penny is able to hold the job until Smoltz comes back, and then Penny disappears. If Buchholz pitches well in AAA, I think there is a very likely possibility that the Red Sox use him/Bowden and Masterson to spell Smoltz as well as possibly Lester (to limit his innings to some degree given last year's huge spike). All hypothesizing on my part, but with so many useful arms, I think it would be foolish if the Sox didn't try to limit some of their starters innings pitched so that they can be fresh during the postseason. Also, a promotion for Buchholz to long relief/swing starter would allow him to get some Major League seasoning while keeping his IP in check.