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April 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Roster moves continue to shape squads

Spring training is drawing to a close, leading to a flurry of recent roster moves. Here is a quick recap:

According to Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald, the Red Sox have released pitchers Chad Rhoades, Jorge Sosa, and Scott Patterson and infielder Christian Colonel. Pitchers Felix Ventura and Austin Bailey, and outfielder Kade Keowen, have also been released, according to SoxProspects sources.

According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com, pitcher Fernando Cabrera has been reassigned to minor league camp. Pitcher Scott Atchison has been awarded one of the final spots in the Boston bullpen, while Alan Embree has been told he will not be on the opening day roster. Joe Nelson and Scott Schoeneweis will travel to Washington with the major league squad, but neither has a guaranteed major league job.

Finally, the Red Sox have signed two minor league free agents: pitcher Wilson Matos and catcher Brian Peterson. Matos, a right-hander who will be 22 on April 10, spent four seasons in the Florida organization, reaching as high as short-season A-ball by making 20 appearances for Jamestown of the New York-Penn League last season. Peterson, a 31-year-old catcher, has spent time in the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and New York Yankee organizations in his ten years of professional experience. He has reached Triple-A, but never broken through to the Majors, and will provide catching depth in either Pawtucket or Portland if needed.

Update (4/2): According to the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham, Schoeneweis has won the final bullpen spot in Boston. Nelson will likely be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and can't opt-out of his contract until June. A 40-man roster move will need to be made to add Schoeneweis, with that move almost assuredly being the placement of Junichi Tazawa onto the 60-day disabled list.