Red Sox’s Ryan Dempster Won’t Pitch In 2014

Ryan Dempster

On Sunday morning, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that Ryan Dempster won’t play for the Red Sox this year:

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.