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Adrian Gonzalez To Debut Today As Red Sox Begin Roster Cuts

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It's been a long time in coming, but today is the day that Adrian Gonzalez debuts as a Red Sox.

Surrounded by a lineup made entirely of Major League regulars--Mike Cameron is the only substitute, in for Carl Crawford--Gonzalez will bat third today against the Marlins, making his first appearance in a game for the Red Sox since the team traded for him early in December.

It's been a relatively uncomplicated road back for Gonzalez after undergoing shoulder surgery to clean out his labrum. He arrived in Fort Myers feeling fine, held back only by a doctor's orders, and has suffered zero setbacks along the way, taking batting practice whenever allowed the opportunity, and apparently hitting some real bombs in the process.

Gonzalez' addition to the roster is in rather stark contrast to the reassignment of twelve players to the minor league roster. Alex Speier reports the complete list as follows:


  1. Oscar Tejeda
  2. Stolmy Pimentel
  3. Tony Pena Jr.
  4. Jason Rice
  5. Clevelan Santeliz
  6. Kyle Weiland
  7. Alex Wilson
  8. Tim Federowicz
  9. Ryan Lavarnway
  10. Brent Dlugach
  11. Hector Luna
  12. Che-Hsuan Lin
Of those, the biggest "loss" for the Major League squad is easily Oscar Tejeda, who was having a monster spring with a .375/.423/.667 line in 24 at bats. Ryan Lavarnway and Tim Federowicz had also been quite productive in limited appearances, while Lin was maintaining a .400 OBP despite a .182 average.