It's assumed that the last spot will not go to an extra position player (like Jason Repko) but instead to one of our bullpen options like Michael Bowden, Justin Thomas, or Scott Atchison. Bowden seems the most likely on potential, Thomas if you want a lefty, Atchison if you want flexibility (because he's cleared waiver upon being sent down before, so presumably he would again).
@RedSoxStats brought up an interesting alternative on Twitter last night. He suggested we call up Texas about reliever Koji Uehara, who they've been trying to unload all spring. The idea was to trade Darnell McDonald for Koji, with the thinking that Texas has been unable to deal Uehara and his $4 million to this point, so if the Sox could bite the bullet on the salary maybe they wouldn't have to give up much in terms of players.
I said at the time (and still think) that Darnell wouldn't be enough -- he's a fringe MLB player. It's more possible that it could be Darnell and something from the minor leagues, in my opinion, and that might be something worth exploring. Plus, it could then open up the possibility of keeping a guy like Repko on the team, and then not having to either activate Bowden (and then being unable to send him down) or go through the whole process again with Atchison.
On page 2, Clay Buchholz sounds like another Sox pitcher (and that's not a good thing).
Despite giving up four runs on four hits, including a pair of home runs, in Tuesday’s 8-7 victory over the Nationals, Clay Buchholz came away encouraged after the exhibition finale for both teams before a crowd of 30,568 at Nationals Park.
“That’s the best I’ve felt all spring,’’ said Buchholz, who recorded five strikeouts and no walks in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 67 pitches (45 strikes). “I watched videos of the two home runs that I gave up and both of them were pretty good pitches, but they got some good wood on them and they went out.
“Other than that, I felt like my tempo, which I had been trying to work on the last couple of outings, was a lot better.’’
Anyone else get a Lackey vibe from that comment? "Well, the homers really shouldn't have been homers, so it's all good."
That said, it's spring training, so I'll cut him some slack. It's not about results, it's about getting yourself ready. And if the goal is to throw strikes and not walk anybody, then he succeeded.
And frankly, as long as he came out of it without a thumb injury, I think we should all be satisfied.
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