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Red Sox to designate Embree

It won’t be official until tomorrow, but the Red Sox will designate Alan Embree for assignment to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka on the roster.

From Amalie Benjamin:

The Sox chose to keep Scott Schoeneweis, despite his struggles against lefthanded batters, who are batting .350 off him, and cut their ties with Alan Embree without seeing him throw a single pitch for the big league club. Manager Terry Francona declined to go over the roster move after the game, but Embree confirmed it as he shook hands around the clubhouse.

“They said, ‘It [stinks], there’s no good way to put this, but you’re the guy,” said Embree, who was activated on Wednesday. “It’s one of those things where I knew what the numbers were coming in, it’s going to be kind of dicey one way or another. It’s either four days or I’ll be here. Came up, my number was picked.”

Embree had extended the out in his contract from Apr. 15 to Apr. 30 to accommodate the Sox, only to have them send him away as soon as he arrived. He said he wasn’t sure if there would be interest in him outside of the Sox, with whom he will not accept an assignment in the minors.

“It was a numbers game,” Embree said. “I’m disappointed, but grateful that they gave me a chance. … This is ultimately where I wanted to be. We’ll see where the rest takes me. It’s just another chapter.”

That chapter might include the end of baseball for the 40-year-old lefthander, though he said he would still like to pitch. Some of Embree’s biggest moments came with the Sox, appearing on the mound for the final out of Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees, and not appearing on the mound in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

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“We’ll see,” he said. “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. If not, I had a good career. I’m grateful either way. I knew coming in that this very well could be the last stop if somebody didn’t take a chance with me. Yeah, I’m good with it. I’ve had a good career. I’m quite happy with where I am.”

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