Boston Red Sox Roster Opening Day Roster Full Of Surprises
Yes the Boston Red Sox roster has been in flux with injuries hitting the team all-around late in Spring Training. But starting the regular season with this many names not ready to play is a concern for a team that is being dubbed the American League favorites is a scary thought.
Just taking a look at the list below makes me feel a little worried about the Red Sox starting off the season, seriously though this team has a some serious questions entering their regular season.
David Price (left elbow strain), Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder impingement), Josh Rutledge (left hamstring strain), Carson Smith (recovering from Tommy John surgery), Drew Pomeranz (forearm strain) and Roenis Elias (right oblique strain) all won’t be on the 25-man active roster for Opening Day.
This injuries are setting the table for a very peculiar Opening Day roster for John Farrell’s club to start the season. Both outfielder Steve Selsky and relief pitcher Ben Taylor will be active when the Red Sox take on the Pirates at Fenway Park Monday afternoon.
Selsky, who is on the 40-man roster, impressed throughout spring training, ending up his Grapefruit League stint hitting .356 with 1.120 OPS. The 27-year-old, who can also play first base and a little third, has major league experience, playing in 24 games for the Reds last season. Selsky made the team over infielder Marco Hernandez in large part because he hits from the right side, which was a skill-set the Red Sox were going to rely on Rutledge to bring to the table. With Mitch Moreland dealing with the flu and Hanley Ramirez unable to play first base due to a lingering shoulder injury the move to Selsky isn’t shocking.
Many Boston Red Sox fans are calling for Sam Travis, but Farrell has said that Travis doesn’t fit the roster and the fact of not being on the 40 is a big factor in the decision for Travis not being given the opportunity to be on the Opening Day roster.
“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.”
The hard-throwing Taylor, who hasn’t pitched above Double-A will likely just have a week to show off to Farrell, with the Red Sox carrying an extra reliever in the days leading up to what is expected to be a Drew Pomeranz Sunday with the lefty being on the 10-day-DL at the moment but could in theory start according to the team. For Taylor though he has a shot a continuing to show off as he struck out 42 and walked just 12 in 34 innings with Double-A Portland last season.