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.