Are you ready for some baseball? Only 432 hours until Opening Day, but who's counting. Sick of winter and tired of spring training. Let the championship defense begin.
As Opening Day approaches, the Red Sox are trimming the roster. 12 players cleaned out their lockers Thursday at Jet Blue Park. The remaining 46 players include 35 from the club’s 40-man roster and 11 non-roster invitees.
Players cut today were Matt Barnes, Bryce Brentz, Garin Cecchini, Miguel Celestino, Alex Hassan, Heiker Meneses, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, Anthony Ranaudo, Travis Shaw, Blake Swihart and Alex Wilson.
Brentz, Cecchini, Hassan, Ranaudo and Wilson were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Barnes, Celestino, Meneses, Owens, Ramirez, Shaw and Swihart were reassigned to the minor league camp.
No big surprises here as the Sox roster is pretty much set. Brentz, who was having a great spring hitting .409 with three homers, will likely make some noise with the club at some point this season.
While there was a possibility that Barnes, Owens or Ranaudo might find a bullpen spot opening day, there is simply no room for them.
More cuts are coming before the March 31 opener against the Baltimore Orioles, with some players possibly being released or traded - think Mike Carp. The Sox will likely carry four bench bats and Carp could be the odd man out.