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March 26, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Red Sox cut Shouse, four others

According to MLB.com, Brian Shouse was released today by the Red Sox. The 41-year-old Shouse was considered to be in competition for one of the last two spots in the Red Sox bullpen, along with Alan Embree, Joe Nelson, Scott Atchison, and Boof Bonser. Red Sox manager Terry Francona complimented Shouse's performance this spring but said his organization felt it had better options.

"We asked him to come in and compete, and he did a very good job of that," Francona said. "Statistically, he had a very good spring. Saying that, after our meetings and looking at the construction, potentially, of our bullpen -- looking at left on left, which is probably what his strength should be, I just don't know that we were going to do that as opposed to having a Bard or certainly an Okajima or a Delcarmen or a Ramon (Ramirez)."

Sources close to SoxProspects.com are also reporting that the Red Sox have cut multiple players from minor league camp. Outfielder Reid Engel, infielder Tom Di Benedetto, and pitchers D. Tyler Wilson and Josh Papelbon were all given their release today. Finally, pitcher Fabio Castro was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket while outfielder Darnell McDonald was reassigned to minor league camp.