There hasn’t been a whole lot of drama as far as roster battles are concerned, but with a little more than two weeks to go the Sox have decisions on who comes north at least to start the season.
Looks pretty much locked in at this point as to who the 12 will be. Starters are set. There may be a little fluidity in the BP
The five starters, barring a late injury are: Lester, Lackey, Doubront, Peavy and Buchholz
Capuano is the emergency starter, long reliever and a situational lefty. Probably comes in if the starter gets knocked out early, maybe the first guy out there in the sixth.
On the back end Uehara is closer, with Mujica the 8th inning set up guy. He’ll close as well when Uehara has gone too many days in a row. Tazawa will be the 7th inning guy, sometimes 8th. He’ll pitch to righties and may be pulled when a left comes up and that is where Miller comes in.
That’s ten. Seeing that Breslow has not even pitched, it is looking like extended spring training for him. If they want to replace him with a lefty, it’ll be Hill or Britton.
The plan, I think is for Badenhop to be the other righty, as long reliever and 6th, 7th inning mix in guy. But what then to do with Cordero. He has been great. They could send him down as he is on a minor league contract, but I am assuming he has an opt out somewhere. The question is what is best for Workman. He is good enough to stay, but perhaps he should be in AAA starting. If they don’t feel they need a 3rd lefty until Breslow is ready, they could keep Workman or Cordero along with Badenhop.
In any event, they will all see some time with the big club, as will De la Rosa, Webster, Ranuado and a few others as the “injuries” (wink, wink) hit.