Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Two former Sea Dogs were removed form the Red Sox 40-man roster Sunday in a series of roster moves affecting Boston, Pawtucket and Portland.
The moves are a result of Jacoby Ellsbury being injured (an outfielder is needed) and Josh Beckett being healthy (Boston no longer needs so many relievers).
Boston called up outfielder Jason Repko and infielder/outfielder Nate Spears from Pawtucket. Repko technically replaces Che-Hsuan Lin, who was a one-day replacement for Ellsbury's roster spot. Repko has 355 major league games on his resume.
Spears, a former Sea Dogs second-baseman, is versatile and steady.
To make room for Repko and Spears on the 40-man roster, pitcher Michael Bowden and catcher Luis Exposito were taken off (i.e. designated for assignment). They can be claimed by another team. If they clear waivers, they could be re-signed to minor league contacts.
Bowden was with the major league team. It was thought that Justin Thomas (6.75 ERA) might go, but apparently the Red Sox see value in him as a second lefty in the bullpen.
Exposito was with Triple-A Pawtucket. With the emergence of Ryan Lavarnway (and the high regard for Sea Dogs catcher Dan Butler), Exposito was expendable.
While Exposito is in limbo, Sea Dogs back-up catcher Matt Spring is now with Pawtucket. Portland's No. 3 catcher, Jayson Hernandez, has been activated.
In a move Saturday, outfielder Ronald Bermudez replaced Peter Hissey, who was hit by a pitch Friday. Hissey has been diagnosed with a fracture in his left hand and it out 6-8 weeks.
The Sea Dogs play Binghamton 1 p.m. today. Ground-ball pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller is on the mound.
Here is Portland's lineup:
Ryan Dent, 2B
Kolbrin Vitek, 3B
Juan Carlos Linares, CF
Bryce Brentz, RF
Oscar Tejeda, DH
Reynaldo Rodriguez, 1B
Dan Butler, C
Jeremy Hazelbaker, LF
Heiker Meneses, SS
(Chris Balcom-Miller, P)
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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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