We are just over a month now since pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. Last week the Boston Red Sox made their first round of cuts, reassigning Justin Henry and Deven Marrero to minor league camp and optioning Drake Britton to Double-A Portland after his DUI arrest.
Tuesday came the second round of cuts. Outfielders Alex Hassan, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Juan Carlos Linares were all reassigned to minor league camp and left for the minor league clubhouse.
Hassan was drafted by the Red Sox in the 20th round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of Duke University. The Quincy, Mass. native has spent four seasons in the Red Sox minor leagues, hitting .284 with 30 bombs and 177 RBI. The 24-year-old didn’t see any action in spring training games.
Hazelbaker was drafted by the Red Sox in fourth round of the 2009 draft out of Ball State University. The 25-year-old has been in the Red Sox minor leagues for the past four seasons, most recently with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. In Triple-A last season, the outfielder batted .267 over seven games. The Slema, Ind. native played in 13 Red Sox spring training games and hit .357 with an RBI and a stolen base.
Linares was having the best spring training of the three reassigned on Tuesday. The 28-year-old had a home run with five RBI while batting .364 this spring. If the Red Sox outfield didn’t already have a log jam, he was playing well enough to break camp with the team. ‘J.C.’ was signed as an international free agent in 2010 and will most likely be down in Pawtucket to start the season.