With the Red Sox having the night off, much attention will be placed on tonight's PawSox game against the Charlotte Knights. Clay Buchholz, who recently expressed a desire to return the majors regardless of which organization it is in, takes the hill for the PawSox. Before the game Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson shot down any chance of Buchholz in any way wanting out of Boston while also adressing two other pitchers of note in John Smoltz and Daniel Bard.
"I haven't heard either way," said Johnson in regard Smoltz' situation in Boston. "I evaluated him his last time out [for Pawtucket vs. Syracuse on Friday] and the rest of it is up to the Red Sox."
While a decision regarding Smoltz is expected to come at some point tomorrow, it has been rumored that a demotion of Bard to Pawtucket could be the move that clears a roster spot for the 42-year-old righty.
"I've heard nothing about [Bard being demoted]," said Johnson. In other news, former first-round lefthander Kris Johnson has been activated from Lowell and will start Tuesday for Pawtucket.
Check back for Buchholz' postgame comments and, as always, check out the Full Count blog for all things Red Sox.
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