John Smoltz was designated for assignment this afternoon, thus ending his Red Sox, and possibly his MLB, career as well. It's a sad way for Smoltz to go out, but it's clear that his starting days were finished. The Red Sox brought up Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa, who started the year at AA Portland, and will be in the Red Sox bullpen for the rest of the weekend series.
The Red Sox also designated Billy Traber for assignment, as he was the sacrificial lamb after Smoltz was knocked out and spared the bullpen last night. The Red Sox also claimed utility man Cris Woodward off waivers from Seattle as well. He can play many positions including shortstop, as the extent of Jed Lowrie's forearm injury is still unknown.
David Ortiz' press conference will be held at 12:30 PM tomorrow, and the baseball world will be tuning in.