Saturday, February 14, 2009

Red Sox Will Go Slow with John Smoltz

No, that old guy in the red sweats isn't part of the grounds crew. That's future Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz.

The 42-year-old former Brave -- bald, a bit scraggly and unshaven and with just a hint of a tummy -- arrived at Red Sox camp in Fort Myers, Fla., without missing a beat, taking part in conditioning drills with other players young enough to be his sons, never giving a hint that he was anything but his familiar, indomitable, unrestrainable, competitive old self.

"I don't doubt that there's going to be times when we have to sit on him, and we will," manager Terry Francona told The Boston Globe.

Francona envisions Smoltz returning to action by June 1, coming along slowly as he recovers from shoulder surgery. How Smoltz feels and performs -- and how the Red Sox rotation and bullpen is doing -- likely will help determine whether he will start or come out of the pen.


Smoltzie's biggest fan said...

Smoltz is 41 and if you saw him in the conditioning drills, you know he's no "old guy". This is going to be a great season for the Sox!

Anonymous said...

Smoltz was on the Dan Patrick show and said he felt nearly ready to go now, but would respect the Red Sox wishes he take it slow and aim for June.

MTSox said...

Did you know that John Smoltz plays the accordion?? It's strange but true. I believe he will be a tremendous asset to the Sox this year. Mentor, mid season addition, Yoda of the pitching staff. If he doesn't pitch well at least they can polka.