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Timlin in, Velazquez out

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  October 9, 2008 03:21 PM

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The Red Sox will add veteran relief pitcher Mike Timlin to the roster for the American League Championship Series and will drop reserve infielder Gil Velazquez, manager Terry Francona said at a press conference this afternoon.

Francona said he told the team about the moves, but they are not official because rosters do not have to finalized yet.

David Ross will remain on the roster, meaning the Sox will again carry three catchers.

Timlin, who had a 5.66 ERA in 47 appearances this season, his 18th in the majors, was left off the roster for the ALDS when the Red Sox decided to carry 10 pitchers.

Francona said Timlin was added now because there's a chance the Sox will need an 11th pitcher in a potential seven-game series with the Rays.

“Mike’s very deserving," Francona said. "He’s been doing this for a long time. I don’t know when he’ll pitch or how he’ll be used, but I know there was a comfort level putting him on the roster.”

Timlin, 42, has a 3.94 ERA in 44 career postseason appearances.

Third baseman Mike Lowell (torn labrum in his right hip) is ineligible this round after being replaced by Velazquez on the roster before Game 4 of the ALDS.

Velazquez, 28, an 11-year minor league veteran, made his major league debut for the Sox in September, going 1 for 8 overall.

More to come . . .

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