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Ryan Dempster’s first post-suspension start is August 30

Aug 21, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

Red Sox's Dempster throws against the Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto Reuters

Ryan Dempster will return from his five-game suspension for throwing at Alex Rodriguez and start next Friday, the Red Sox announced.

Because the Red Sox have off days tomorrow and Monday the suspension didn’t really force them to juggle the rotation a whole lot. Without the suspension Dempster would have been in line to start Saturday against the Dodgers, but they can simply move up Jon Lester to take his place while also moving up Jake Peavy.

And because Dempster has a 4.77 ERA, including 27 runs allowed in 35 innings since the All-Star break, skipping him for one turn in the rotation isn’t such a bad thing for the Red Sox anyway.

As for Dempster, he basically gets a week of paid vacation and then will return to the mound on August 30 against a weak-hitting White Sox lineup at Fenway Park, where the Boston crowd will no doubt give him a big ovation. Helluva punishment.

  1. psuorioles - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    It would be more of a punishment to the Red Sox, if they actually didn’t suspend Dempster… I mean look at those numbers. Awful.

  2. number42is1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    boy oh boy did he learn his lesson!

  3. rickdobrydney - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Gutless zero nothing pitcher — a weeks vacation —- paid — what a freaking joke —

  4. HitsDingers - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Are PED suspensions the only ones that aren’t paid vacations?

    • nategearhart - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      I think if you’re suspended for anything that happened in a game, it’s paid. If it was an outside-the-game conduct or PED thing, it’s unpaid.

    • Joe - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      These types of suspensions usually carry a fine in lieu of lost wages.

    • jrbdmb - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Yup, he got a HUUGE fine … $2500. I think his valet paid it off for him already.

  5. australianrangersfan - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    what a damn joke, all pitcher suspend should be gone for at least 15 games, i mean a batter get suspended he misses a game, a pitcher, maybe one turn in his rotation… selig sucks balls

  6. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Maybe he could go for a long walk on the beach. Take a cooking class at the local Y. Sleep in. You know, really take the time to enjoy his paid vacation.

  7. Joe - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    he basically gets a week of paid vacation and then will return to the mound on August 30 against a weak-hitting White Sox lineup at Fenway Park, where the Boston crowd will no doubt give him a big ovation. Helluva punishment.

    No different from any other suspended starting pitcher is it?

    • nategearhart - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Correct. It’s lame, but it’s hardly surprising.

    • eatitfanboy - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Did anyone say it was?

  8. crnvic847 - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    “He gets to face a weak-hitting White Sox lineup.”

    With his ERA he’s gonna make the White Sox look like the 1927 Yankees

  9. tfbuckfutter - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Wait, so the off days mean the Red Sox don’t have to juggle their rotation?

    I think the rotation’s performance is reason enough to juggle the rotation.

  10. jdillydawg - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I thought yesterday’s headline that he wouldn’t appeal was hilarious. I’m guessing his fine was probably $10k. On his salary, that’s like a buck to the average guy.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      By my calculations, and I think he makes $13,000,000…..a $10,000 fine would be .00077% of his salary.

      So a $1 fine would be the same to a guy making $1,300 a year.

      It’s really a $40 fine to someone making a little more than $50,000 a year.

  11. banger60 - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Stop the insanity!

  12. eatitfanboy - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Why in the world would he get paid during his suspension? What’s the point?

  13. stevequinn - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    By the end of the season, Dumpster will have lost twice as many games as he has won. He belongs in Triple-A where he would probably get knocked around just as badly. One of the worst signings the Red Sox have ever made and there have been quite a few of those.

    • thinman61 - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Hyperbole much? A starting pitcher with a 4.77 ERA asnd 4.24 xFIP is a long way away from the worst signing the Red Sox have ever made.

  14. sidelineshot - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    So this dude is “so good” that he can spot A-Rod first base by plunking him in the 2nd inning (no outs) of a divisional game?
    You’d think that he was going to strike out the next 3 to show his prowess. The dude is no Nolan Ryan or Vida Blue.

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