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Red Sox to go to six-man rotation?

A six-man rotation might not be out of the question for the defending World Series champs.

Pitching coach Juan Nieves was on Power Alley on MLB Network Radio earlier today, stating that keeping pitchers healthy is a key to success.

There’s always a possibility of going to six. When you have a guy like Lester that pitched more innings than anybody in the big leagues, and of course, John Lackey coming back from Tommy John and having a great season and of course the key to all of this, overall, and I think in every organization, that’s what they fight towards is staying healthy.

The Colorado Rockies under Jim Tracy in 2011 tried a six-man rotation with a strict innings limit and were not successful. Should the Red Sox try a six-man rotation, it would likely be comprised of Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, and Ryan Dempster.

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