NESN will use the three-man booth on 30 Red Sox games this season

Jerry Remy will be able to travel for some games.

Jerry Remy
Former Boston Red Sox and current NESN Broadcaster Jerry Remy. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. — NESN on Wednesday revealed plans to use a three-man booth for as many as 30 Red Sox games this season, with Dennis Eckersley and Jerry Remy joining Dave O’Brien.

The first game for the trio will be the April 9 home opener against Toronto.

There also will be more of Eckersley on the network. The Hall of Famer announced via Twitter that he signed a five-year extension with NESN to do 85 games a season, an expanded role.

Eckersley was at Fenway South Wednesday watching the team workout.

Remy also will do more games than once was expected. The longtime analyst said in September he would no longer call road games after his latest recurrence of lung cancer but has since decided he will be able to travel for some games.

Eckersley or Remy — or Remy and Eckersley — will do the bulk of the games with O’Brien. NESN hired former Sox players Carlos Pena and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to fill in when they are not available.

Pena will call the game Friday when his alma mater, Northeastern, plays the Sox at JetBlue Park.

Tom Caron returns for his 16th season as host of the NESN pregame and postgame shows. Jim Rice, Tim Wakefield, Steve Lyons, Lenny DiNardo, and Manny Delcarmen will be the studio analysts.

Guerin Austin and Jahmai Webster are back as sideline reporters.


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