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Red Sox to announce rotation decisions tomorrow

Mar 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

The Red Sox currently have three pitchers — Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront — vying for the final two spots in the starting rotation. And with the start of the season just days away, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is ready to announce a decision.

Perhaps it’s just the way the information was framed by Cafardo, but this would seem to suggest that Valentine will ultimately make the call, which is interesting considering that we heard last weekend that he was skeptical about Bard’s conversion from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Still, it would be surprising if Bard didn’t get a chance. No harm in giving him a handful of starts and moving him back to the bullpen if things don’t work out. It’s a lot more difficult to do it the other way around.

If Bard does get the nod, the expectation is that Doubront would get the other spot, as they wouldn’t want to weaken the bullpen too much.

  1. Ari Collins - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Yeah, despite Valentine’s skepticism on Bard, I fully expect it to be Bard and Doubront. Aceves has just been so flexible out of the ‘pen that it doesn’t make much sense to have him be a below-average starter when they have better options.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Doubt it would ever happen, but why not use Acevez as a super reliever paired with Bard. For instance, have Bard only go 5-6 IP a start, and have Acevez long relief after. You only burn two pitchers every 5 days, Acevez puts in anywhere between 105-135 IP, and you keep Bards innings down as well.

  2. mgv38 - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Aceves should probably be the odd man out at this point.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Doubront has been on disabled list every year, back, elbow, hamstring. Aceves will be in there before too long. He’s a better pitcher anyway. The issue will be whoever catches him as he tends to throw whatever he wants regardless of what fingers the catcher puts down.

  4. mybrunoblog - Mar 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Bobby V rotation decision to come tomorrow and some idiotic controversial statement to follow soon afterward.

  5. randygnyc - Mar 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    The red sox will screw this up, for sure. Bard is the infinitely more valuable arm. But, IMO, he’s not a starter. He’ll likely wind up on the DL, hopefully the IR, before they figure it out.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Best look to your own actually-injured pitcher first, troll.

  6. proudlycanadian - Mar 31, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I hope that the Jays get to face Bard early and often.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 1, 2012 at 3:36 AM

      like it will matter, enjoy your 4th place and learn to love it loser

    • Ari Collins - Apr 1, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      +1 because, as a Sox fan, I agree.

  7. aaronzona2011 - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    sign oswalt, let dubront start for a month while he gets in baseball shape. bard pitches till the all-star break until matsuzaka is ready. then down the stretch you have a good starting 5

  8. uyf1950 - Apr 1, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Who will it be? Three we know for sure. But who will the other 2 be: Bard, Doubront and Aceves. I’m on record for it being: Doubront and Aceves, but we’ll see.

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