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Red Sox keep Albers and Reyes; Aceves and Okajima optioned to minors

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 28, 2011 09:40 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. The Red Sox have set their 25-man roster. General manager Theo Epstein just said the team will keep RHP Matt Albers and LHP Dennys Reyes.

RHP Alfredo Aceves and LHP Hideki Okajima have been optioned to Class AAA Pawtucket.

So the 25-man roster is:

Rotation
LHP Jon Lester, RHP John Lackey, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Josh Beckett, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka

Bullpen
RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Daniel Bard, RHP Bobby Jenks, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Dennys Reyes, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Tim Wakefield

Outfielders
Mike Cameron, Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald

Infielders
Jed Lowrie, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Marco Scutaro, Kevin Youkilis.

Catchers
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jason Varitek

DH
David Ortiz

Epstein also said that LHP Felix Doubront will start the season on the disabled list and remain in extended spring training until he is stretched out. The Pawtucket rotation will be:

Aceves
Doubront
Brandon Duckworth
Andrew Miller
TBA (an in-house prospect)

The final bullpen decision was based on roster management, Epstein said. Albers and Reyes are out of options and would have been lost to another team had they been placed on waivers. Aceves and Okajima have options.

"A big part of this decision was the preservation of pitching depth," Epstein said.

Epstein said he believes Aceves will eventually help the Red Sox and that they have faith in him as a starter, long reliever or short reliever. "It's a tough day having to send him down because he did just about everything he could do to make the club," Epstein sad. "It's a numbers game with so many good pitchers pitching well. It's an unfortunate result for Alfredo and we told him we'd see him again."

Epstein said Okajima is "trending in the right direction" after a good spring training. "We think he's really close to being locked in to where he can come back and help us," Epstein said.

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