Tuesday January 18, 2011 | 07:06 AM

Lars Anderson, Yamaico Navarro, Ryan Kalish, Josh Reddick and Daniel Nava all played for the Boston Red Sox last year, with injuries requiring the major league team to summon substitutes.

All those players should be starting the 2011 season in Pawtucket, for new manager Arnie Beyeler.

In fact, the Triple-A team is looking strong, according to Mike Andrews of soxprospects.com and ESPN/Boston. He sees all of the above starting to the PawSox, along with formers Sea Dogs second baseman Nate Spears at second base, and journeyman Hector Luna at third.

Plus, former Sea Dogs Mark Wagner and Luis Exposito are expected to share catching duties.

Andrews points out a wild card in shortstop Jose Iglesias. The Red Sox could decide that Iglesias does not need to return to Double-A Portland, even though he missed a good portion of 2010 with a hand injury. He could jump right into Triple-A (pushing Navarro from short to third).

While the Red Sox roster is set, the Yankees are still fiddling with its pitching staff.

According to ESPN/New York, the chances of Andy Pettitte coming back are fading (though still listed at 50-50).

Meanwhile the New York Post is speculating whether Joba Chamberlain will be traded now that Rafael Soriano has been acquired.



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