BOSTON (AP) - John Smoltz is set to make his first start for the Red Sox on June 25.
Boston manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Smoltz, who hasn't pitched in the majors since having shoulder surgery a year ago, will pitch on the road against the Washington Nationals.
The only pitcher in major league history with at least 200 victories and 150 saves is scheduled to make his sixth and final rehab start on Wednesday night at Triple-A Pawtucket against Charlotte. The Red Sox signed Smoltz in January as a free agent after he spent 20 seasons with the Atlanta Braves.
Boston has five healthy starters. Francona indicated he might use a six-man rotation for a short period of time.