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Red Sox announce non-roster invitees

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 16, 2012 11:43 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — This release from the Red Sox:

The Boston Red Sox today announced the signings of free agents first baseman Mauro Gomez and right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to minor league contracts with invites to major league spring training camp as non-roster players. Both have been placed on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster.

The club also announced that 24 players overall will attend spring training camp as non-roster invitees.

Gomez, 27, played the entire 2011 season with Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate and led the International League with 264 total bases, batting .304 (154-for-506) with 34 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs and 90 RBI in a career-high 135 games.

Ohlendorf, 29, started nine games for the Pirates in 2011 but spent the majority of the season on the disabled list. He also combined for a 1-1 record with a 3.65 ERA (15 ER/37.0 IP) in seven minor league starts, including six rehab outings, and posted a 3.33 ERA (9 ER/24.1 IP) in four starts with Triple-A Indianapolis overall.

The complete list of non-roster invitees includes left-handed pitchers Jesse Carlson, Rich Hill and Justin Thomas; right-handers Scott Atchison, Aaron Cook, Brandon Duckworth, Justin Germano, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Ross Ohlendorf, Vicente Padilla, Tony Pena Jr., Carlos Silva, Chorye Spoone and Alex Wilson; catchers Daniel Butler and Max St. Pierre; outfielders Alex Hassan, Josh Kroeger, Juan Carlos Linares and Jason Repko; and infielders Pedro Ciriaco, Mauro Gomez and Nate Spears.

Seventeen of the 24 invitees have Major League experience, including Atchison, Carlson, Ciriaco, Cook, Duckworth, Germano, Hill, Kroeger, Mathis, Ohlendorf, Padilla, Pena, Repko, Silva, Spears, St. Pierre and Thomas. Atchison, Hill and Spears all saw action for the Red Sox in 2011.

Pitchers and catchers will participate in their first on-field workout at the Fenway South Player Development Complex in Lee County on Tuesday, February 21. The first full squad workout of the Red Sox Spring Training camp is on Saturday, February 25.

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