Major League Baseball spring training is beginning to wind down and teams are getting ready to set their opening day rosters. On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox reassigned Chris Carpenter, Terry Doyle, Chris Hernandez and Oscar Villarreal to minor league camp.
After sending the four pitchers to the minors, the Red Sox have 42 players still in camp. Although, six of the 42 players are not expected to start on the opening day roster, due to injury. Ryan Kalish is already on the disabled list, while Stephen Drew, Craig Breslow, Mitch Maier, Franklin Morales, and David Ortiz are all expected to be on the DL by the time the season begins.
Carpenter was acquired by the Red Sox in 2011, as compensation for the Chicago Cubs hiring Theo Epstein away from Fenway Park. This spring, the 27-year-old has appeared in seven games, posting a 4.32 ERA with eight strike outs over 8.1 innings. The reliever will likely be up with the big club at some point this season, but for now he will spend the remainder of his time in Florida at minor league camp.
Doyle was signed by the Red Sox in Dec. to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. The Concord, Mass. native played his college baseball at Boston College, before heading over seas to play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. This spring, the 27-year-old has appeared in six games, posting a 3.86 ERA with 12 strikeouts over 14 inning of work.
Hernandez was drafted by the Red Sox in the seventh round of the 2010 June Amateur Draft. He has spent time in Lowell, Salem, Portland and Pawtucket of the Red Sox farm system. This spring, the left-hander has appeared in five games, posting a 3.97 ERA over 11.1 innings.
Villarreal signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in 2012 and is projected to play in Triple-A to start the season. The 31-year-old appeared in only four games this spring, posting a 9.00 ERA with seven strike outs over 5.0 innings of work.
Opening day is set for April 1 in New York City, the Red Sox will need to be down to 25 players. These recent moves are just part of the process to shrink the spring training roster.