Well, this stinks. After getting arrested for domestic assault at his home in Tennessee back in December, Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has at last received his punishment. If he starts the season on the active roster, he’ll have to sit out the first 15 games of the regular season. If he starts the season on the disabled list, he’ll have to wait until he is activated to serve the suspension. With that in mind, the end of the Red Sox rotation remains a bit of a mystery.
Chris Sale, David Price, and Rick Porcello. That’s what the front end of the Red Sox rotation right now. The last two, well, that could consist of any of these two pitchers, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, and Hector Velazquez. It looks like Pomeranz will actually start the season on the DL, thanks to the left forearm he strained at the beginning of the month seem more optimistic with him. Say he is ready, slot him in as the fourth starter. If he’s not, you are essentially down to Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez as the best starting options. Speaking of options, Brian Johnson is out of them, so he should make the 25-man roster regardless. As for Velazquez, he is not having the best of spring trainings at this moment, but there really is no one better than him who is major league ready. So, if this is the rotation the Red Sox roll out for the first ten or so days of the season, how confident are you the bottom half can get the job done? Here it is one more time: