auclairkeithbc wrote:1. Masterson was not in the Sox' 2009 rotation plans. He hasn't pitched any better than he was expected to. So it is very unlikely that removing Masterson is going to be an issue.
2. If Smoltz can start, he will start. Smoltz coming back is not going to be a problem, no matter how well any of the SPs are doing at the time.
3. The Sox almost certainly have it in their minds that Wake might eventually move to the pen. It isn't like they necessarily want that to happen, but it will not be a major issue to move him to the pen later in the season if that makes sense for the team.
4. Moving Penny out of the rotation is likely to happen at some point in the season. I'm not so sure he finds another role with the team though, so they probably won't move him out of his spot until they have at least a potentially permanent replacement for him. That would be Smoltz or Buchholz, not Masterson, who will definitely be moving back to the pen at some point unless the Sox are ravaged with injuries. They MIGHT keep Masterson in his spot starting role for now, but if they do that, there is a good chance they will be completely washing their hands of Penny. That isn't the kind of move the Sox usually makes.
No offense, but I wouldn't say this shows any more knowledge of the situation than anything anyone else has said.
- Up until opening day, there was speculation about Masterson's role, so to say he was not in the 2009 rotation plans isn't really accurate.
- I also strongly disagree that the Sox "almost certainly" want to move Wake to the pen this year - I'd say just the opposite.
- I would guess that they will give Penny a few more starts, stall Dice-K's return to give Masterson 2-3 more starts, then make the call then to move Penny out of the rotation is Masterson is still dealing.
- I don't think Buchholz sees the rotation at all this year unless another starter gets hurt, creating a clear opening.
- I also would bet that Bowden gets called up to replace Masterson in the pen if Masterson does win a rotation spot.