Friday March 26, 2010 | 12:52 PM

If there is a case that spring training statistics can be meaningless, it can be applied to reliever Brian Shouse.

Shouse, 41, was competing for one of the final spots in the Red Sox bullpen. He put up a 0.96 ERA in 10 games (9 1/3 innings). But Shouse was still released on Friday.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona complimented Shouse's performance this spring but said his organization felt it had better options. Among those competing for a job are veterans Alan Embree, Joe Nelson and Scott Atchison.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays are about to begin play this afternoon. Among the the minor leaguers called over as reserves are former Sea Dogs Jeff Natale and Bubba Bell.

I'll check in later.


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