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The Red Sox have made their final official roster moves before Opening Day

A few players are shifted to the disabled list and we’re ready to go.

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Opening Day is here, you guys. We’ve known for a few days what the roster would look like to start the year, but the semantics of how they’d get there were a bit of a mystery. The biggest surprises to make the roster were, of course, Bobby Poyner and Marcus Walden. Everything else went as expected. However, both Poyner and Walden had to be added to the 40-man roster prior to first pitch. The Red Sox had opened up one spot when they sent Deven Marrero out to Arizona, but they still had to create one more opening. They did that by sending Marco Hernandez to the 60-day disabled list. Here’s the full list of moves.

None of the players starting on the disabled list — Hernandez, Dustin Pedroia, Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tyler Thornburg and Austin Maddox — are much of a surprise, but it was unclear who would be placed on the 60-day to create the necessary open 40-man roster spot. With Hernandez being placed there, he won’t be eligible to return to the majors until the end of May. In a way, this is encouraging. Not because Hernandez can’t help the roster, but it shows that there is at least some reason to believe guys like Pedroia, Thornburg and Maddox can be ready to go before that. With Maddox and Thornburg in particular it’s been a bit mysterious on their timetable.

Also included in that release are the uniform numbers for Poyner and Walden. I’ve never been one of the people who memorizes roster numbers, but for those who are here you go. Poyner in particular is interesting, taking the satanical 66.

So, here we go. Everything is set. Baseball is here. Here’s the final reminder of how the roster stands.


Christian Vazquez

Sandy Leon

Blake Swihart


Hanley Ramirez

Mitch Moreland

Eduardo Nuñez

Xander Bogaerts

Rafael Devers

Brock Holt


Andrew Benintendi

Jackie Bradley Jr.

Mookie Betts

J.D. Martinez

Starting Pitchers

Chris Sale

David Price

Rick Porcello

Hector Velazquez

Brian Johnson

Relief Pitchers

Craig Kimbrel

Carson Smith

Matt Barnes

Joe Kelly

Heath Hembree

Bobby Poyner (L)

Marcus Walden