At some point before the season ends, Clay Buchholz should return to the mound for the Red Sox.
It's been a long recovery for an injury that wasn't thought of to be serious at first, but nonetheless Buchholz is close to a return.
As it stands, though, the Red Sox have five capable starters in the rotation, but it's going to come down to either Ryan Dempster or Felix Doubront getting the boot.
Bob Neumeier, Lou Merloni, and Glenn Ordway discuss on The Baseball Show who will be on the outside looking in.
"Doubront hasn't been able to get past the 4th inning in 4 of the last 6 games, so I would say he would be the one guy, plus the other thing about Doubront is that he is more capable of working out of the bullpen than Dempster is," Ordway said.
"I wouldn't be shocked at all," he said. "I was convinced, I think a lot of people were, that Dempster would be the guy that would get bumped out. But given the recent struggles, 3.2 the last outing, six walks last night. Something was wrong last night, he had no clue where the ball was going."
Merloni says that it might be a good idea if the Sox skip Doubront for a start and move him to the pen to work on some mechanics.
Neumeier wonders if the fifth starter will be on the team's playoff roster at all when the team goes to four starters in the postseason, but Ordway says not so fast when assuming Buchholz is going to be effective.