Boston Red Sox Roster In Standstill With Moreland Out With The Flu
Speaking in Fort Myers prior to Wednesday’s spring training game against the Twins, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters utility infielder Josh Rutledge will start the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, as well noting first baseman Mitch Moreland is flying back to Boston to be quarantined with the flu.
So this news complicates things quite a bit for the Boston Red Sox roster because their depth at first base right now is looking very skimpy at the moment.
Remember that Hanley Ramirez has yet to play a game this spring at first base due to a shoulder issue and there is no timeline for him to play in the field in the near future.
As of right now the Red Sox are hoping that Moreland is ready for Opening Day on Monday, but the fact that he is being quarantined with the flu doesn’t bode well for Boston. If he isn’t able to go on Opening Day the Red Sox will have issues in finding someone who could play first base.
With Rutledge on the DL the Red Sox could look at Steve Selsky or Marco Hernandez as options to be added last minute to the final roster. But with Ramirez not able to play the field as of right now and Hernandez not being a first base option Seslky looks like the logical choice.
“Selsky is another guy that even though he’s been optioned out, he’s a guy we’re having discussions on,” Farrell said. “Any guy in our camp that we feel is going to make us a more complete or balanced roster — Deven Marrero — they’re all in consideration.”
The simple option would be Sam Travis, but Farrell noted he isn’t on the 40-man roster, so thus not an option.
“He’s not on the roster and we’re at 40 right now,” Farrell said. “You’ve got to look at all kinds of potential here. But Sam Travis doesn’t fit the positions that [Josh] Rutledge does. Yeah it’s first base, but you also have to fit the roster as well.”