Smoltz, Lowrie and rehabbing pitchers


John Smoltz has been DFA’d and cleared waivers; he has also refused a bullpen or minor-league assignment. If the Sox can not find a trade partner by Sunday, they will have to release him outright. This may be what happens, despite interest by a few teams, as explained by Sean McAdam. Basically, Smoltz’s salary requirements fall drastically after he is released by Boston, so unless someone REALLY wants him, they will let him become a free agent, then sign him for the league minimum. Unless the Braves step up (unlikely), that is what will happen. Some in the sabermetric community still believe that Smoltz has some useful innings left in him.

Jed Lowrie’s wrist seems structurally sound, and the Red Sox are optimistic that he will be able to return to active duty once he comes back off of the DL.

The spot starts could be at an end soon, because the Red Sox have a bevy of pitchers making progress on the comeback trail. Tim Wakefield threw a simulated game and will start for Pawtucket this weekend. His calf is not 100%, but good enough to pitch. Daisuke Matsuzaka is still alive, and threw 40 fastballs in his first bullpen session since going on the DL. He’s in much better shape than he was in April, which could help things. Paul Byrd estimates that he will be ready in about three weeks, should the Red Sox need to call on his services as a long man in the bullpen. We’ll need these guys if we want to sew up the AL wild card.

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