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Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Red Sox Are Facing a "Good Problem"

The Red Sox have had plenty of problems in this dead-even 2012 season, but soon they may have one of those "good ones" when Daisuke Matsuzaka returns from Tommy John surgery.

The problem they will have is too much starting pitching, like you can ever have too much right?

As it stands, the Sox are trotting out Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard--in that order. So the question becomes, where do you put Dice-K?

In his second rehab start on Saturday, Matsuzaka put together 4 2/3 IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 7K. According to, his velocity ranged from 73 to 93 mph over 74 pitches (44 strikes).

The Red Sox also have a decision to make on Aaron Cook, who has an opt-out clause he can exercise May 1 if he's not on the major league roster by then.

Cook has pitched very well in Pawtucket, with the latest sample being a 6 1/3, 3ER performance on Saturday night.

According to Bobby Valentine, the Sox are pondering the use of Cook out of the bullpen, which would open the door for his call-up before the Tuesday deadline.

There would be several teams at the sinkerballers door should he opt-out of his contract with the Sox, so it's vital that Bobby V and company come to an agreement that keeps him somewhere in the Red Sox organization.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what decision is made with Cook. Do they put him in the 'pen? Let him walk? Does he stay until June 1? Whatever the decision, Red Sox News on the Daily! Will be here with analysis.

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