The Red Sox will finalize their postseason roster for the first round in a meeting Monday in Anaheim, Calif., but they have decided on the fate of several players currently with the team, which gives some clue to the shape of the roster. The following players know where they’ll be going once the regular season ends:
Junichi Tazawa will travel with the Red Sox to “get a taste” of the playoffs, manager Terry Francona said. After the two games in Anaheim, he will return home.
Michael Bowden will report to Fort Myers.
Dustin Richardson will go home.
Hunter Jones will go home.
Dusty Brown will got to Fort Myers.
George Kottaras will travel with the Sox.
Josh Reddick will report to Fort Myers if J.D. Drew is healthy, and he’ll travel with the Sox as a precaution if Drew has a setback. Francona plans on putting Drew in the lineup tomorrow after missing three straight games, so he should be fine.
The most telling assignment may be Bowden heading to Fort Myers. With him not around, the Red Sox will probably tab Paul Byrd as a long man in the bullpen if they choose to carry one. Also, if Reddick goes to Fort Myers and Rocco Baldelli’s hip flexor strain is serious, that means Brian Anderson and Joey Gathright would likely share the fourth outfielder duties. (Gathright seems like a good bet to make the roster because his speed and base-stealing ability provides a unique threat off the bench.)
While Kottaras will travel with the team, it seems clear he will not be included on the roster.