BOSTON Despite Daisuke Matsuzakas poor rehab outing Saturday nigh for Triple-A Pawtucket, he is moving closer to being fully healthy.
And while the clich holds that theres no such thing as too much pitching and the Red Sox are unlikely to have to worry about it because something always comes up manager Bobby Valentine was asked his thoughts on the possibility of a six-man rotation.
Valentine has used that arrangement in the past, while managing in Japan and with the Mets.
Full-time six-man rotation? It would depend who the six are, he said. I guess it can work but I dont have any plans for that right now as a long-term situation. I could see it being done a couple of times though out of necessity.
Much of the reason is starters preparations.
A lot of its routine, he said. Breaking routine is difficult for most and six days you usually have to throw twice in between and it changes the days that they lift their weights, it changes the days that theyre in the training room. Were all creatures of habit and obviously the rain sometimes and doubleheaders and things like that get guys out of their routine and they have to be able to adjust properly if you ask them to adjust. But to do it full time I think is a lot to ask. But, again, everyones flexible. You never know. Its all about individuals.
Valentine would be unlikely to make the change if it only pertained to one starter.
I dont think you do it because of one guy, he said. But if there are four or five guys who hypothetically if you had two young guys on the starting staff that you wanted to make sure didnt get over a certain amount of innings in a certain year and you had a couple of older guys on the staff that you wanted to make sure that they were rested and ready to go when they got to go, then something like that could happen. But you need to have a couple of young guys, maybe an older guy or two that needs extra rest.
Valentine doesnt see Matsuzakas eventual return as creating competition for a rotation spot.
No ones asked me about his situation really as it relates to their situation, he said. I hope everyone in the starting staff feels that they have to compete and earn everything that they get, I would think. Obviously some exceptions to that rule.
Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.