What James Paxton's return means for Red Sox rotation
Who is fighting for a spot/might get sent down: Brayan Bello
Now, before you say anything, this isn't to say that Brayan Bello is having a bad season. The truth of the matter is, he just hasn't played up in the big leagues a ton this season, and the reason he's fighting for a spot in the rotation is MassLive.com's Christopher Smith's report that Boston manager Alex Cora, has "not ruied out a six-man rotation".
In three games this season, Bello holds a 0-1 record while holding a 6.57 ERA. He has also struck out 14, and walked just five.
To add to his fight, and taking a look outside of the numbers, the Red Sox have won his last two starts - despite Bello tallying no-decisions in both of them.
Bello is fighting for his spot, but he is fighting on thin ice against some juggernauts who think that they, too, truly belong in the rottaion. There is the chance he gets sent to Triple-A Worcester, but it's not out of lack of ability.
Ultimate determination: the Red Sox will wait and see
Ultimately, at the end of the day, Paxton will need to be given some time to settle in before Boston decides who will be staying, and maybe that results in a six-man rotation.
Right now, the Red Sox have a problem with their pitching, and it's not that that they have too little: it's that they have too much. solid pitching.