On Sunday morning, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that Ryan Dempster won’t play for the Red Sox this year:
BREAKING: Ryan Dempster will not pitch for #RedSox in 2014 due to physical reasons and his desire to spend more time with his kids.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 16, 2014
“I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right. “I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season,” Dempster said.
The Red Sox are expected to place Dempster on the restricted list. He would not receive his $13.25M salary in 2014.