The Red Sox have 20 games in 20 days, so injuries are the last thing that they need at this point. But the injury bug has already bitten, as John Lackey has been placed on the disabled list and Daisuke Matsuzaka will likely soon be joining him.
Michael Bowden, who has been pitching at Triple-A Pawtucket to start the season, could serve as Matsuzaka's replacement on the roster. With Pawtucket, he's 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA over 22 2/3 innings.
While he will likely join the team as a reliever, Bowden has started in the past and could start if needed.
To hear how the Red Sox plan to proceed with their pitching staff in the wake of injuries to the starting rotation, check out the video from Red Sox First Pitch, featuring The Boston Globe's Michael Vega.
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