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Red Sox SP Smoltz: I'm a 'bonus'

Updated: June 17, 2009, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- A strong rotation and even better bullpen have led the Red Sox to the top of the AL East.

Now John Smoltz, the only pitcher in major league history with at least 200 wins and 150 saves, is set to join them.

His return next week may give a boost to the pitching staff and a dilemma to manager Terry Francona. But if Boston must use six starters for a couple of turns through the rotation, he's not complaining.

"It certainly could happen," Francona said Tuesday after confirming ...

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