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April 3, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Red Sox set 25-man roster, option Workman and Barnes


With a batch of moves announced by the team on Friday, the Red Sox 25-man roster has been unofficially set.

Pitchers Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes were optioned to Pawtucket as part of Friday's transactions. Workman, who will pitch out of the bullpen for the PawSox, tossed seven innings of work this spring, posting a 6.43 ERA and allowing 10 hits, though he did strike out nine. Barnes, on the other hand, will move back to the rotation in Pawtucket, after transitioning to the bullpen at big league camp halfway through spring training. Barnes opened some eyes at camp, racking up 18 strikeouts while walking just three over 13 innings.

With the moves, manager John Farrell confirmed to reporters that Robbie Ross had made the team, taking the final bullpen slot. In addition, with the announcement that Joe Kelly had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain, Farrell confirmed that Steven Wright would begin the year on the major league roster, and was a candidate to start on April 11 against the Yankees if Kelly is not ready to be activated by then. If Wright had been optioned, he would not have been eligible to be activated by that date.

The team also announced that Dana Eveland has been reassigned to minor league camp. The lefty, who enjoyed some success out of the Mets' bullpen in 2014, allowed 11 hits and three walks in 7 1/3 innings this spring. He reportedly has an opt-out clause in his contract that can be exercised before the start of the season, although it is unclear by what date it must be exercised, or if that date has already passed.

With Farrell confirming the 25 players who will break camp in the majors, the Red Sox will still have to reassign infielders Jemile Weeks, Jeff Bianchi and Luke Montz, outfielder Quintin Berry, catcher Humberto Quintero and pitcher Brian Johnson to minor league camp, as well as option pitcher Edwin Escobar to Pawtucket, before the 25-man roster is official.

Photo credit: Matt Barnes by Kelly O'Connor 

Katie Morrison is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow her on Twitter @KatieMo61



 
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