The thoughts of Daniel Bard's triumphant return to the bullpen seem to be fading faster and faster with each quality start he makes. The talk of Felix Doubront as a mediocre option at the No. 4 spot also appears to be a severe misrepresentation. But while the staff gets strongs, it looks like Boston may be headed for quite the conundrum.
Aaron Cook's appearance on the Red Sox depth chart has already begun to crowd Boston's rotation, as the starter will join the rotation on Saturday. Although his timing couldn't be better, as a still physically reeling Josh Beckett is in need of a day off.
Cook's outing on Saturday could either further complicate or ease decisions in the rotation, depending on the type of performance delivered. But just as things should be getting hashed out at the end of May, Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to make his own return to the roster.
NESN's Red Sox beat writer Didier Morais stops by the podcast to chat it up with Luke Hughes on all things Red Sox. The coversation covers the intricacies of the Red Sox rotation, Adrian Gonzalez's inconsistent approach at the plate and how Ryan Sweeney has suddenly transformed into a seemingly All-Star caliber player.
So, take a listen in the player below, or subscribe on iTunes to download it there. And get a feel for aura of the podcast.