Smoltz won’t pitch again for Sox

After mulling his future and speaking at length with Sox general manager Theo Epstein over the past few days, John Smoltz indicated he will not return to pitch in a relief role.

“The next move would be for the organization to trade or release him,” manager Terry Francona. “That’s still a ways off, but that’s where we’re at. He’s indicated he does not want to come back.”

After more than a year of tireless rehab, Smoltz’s Red Sox tenure was a misadventure from the start. He compiled an 8.33 ERA in eight starts, culminating with the eight earned runs he allowed in 3 1/3 innings last Thursday in Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox designated for assignment the next day.

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