The Red Sox must set their 40-man roster by 5 p.m. Tuesday in advance of the Rule 5 draft, which will take place Dec. 6 at the winter meetings in Nashville.
With the addition of catcher David Ross, the Sox currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster 23 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders, five outfielders, and a designated hitter. It is likely the Sox will make several roster moves to clear space on the 40-man before Tuesdays deadline.
Players are eligible for the Rule 5 draft if they are not on the 40-man roster by the deadline and were signed at age 19 or older and have been in the organization for four years or were signed at 18 or younger and have been in the organization for five years.
Some of the players in the Sox organization who could be exposed to the draft if they are not added include pitchers Josh Fields, Brock Huntzinger, Allen Webster, Alex Wilson and Steven Wright, catchers Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez, infielder Michael Almanzar, and outfielders Alex Hassan and Jeremy Hazelbaker.
If a player is selected in the Rule 5 draft, the selecting team gives 50,000 to the team from which the player was taken and the player must stay on the selecting teams 25-man roster for all of the next season. If the player does not stay on that teams 25-man roster, he must be offered back to the original team for 25,000. (There are also Triple-A and Double-A phases of the Rule 5 draft.)
Over the years, several notable players have been selected in the Rule 5 draft including Johan Santana, Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton, Shane Victorino, and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
The Boston Celtics are used to this playing without a key starter thing, so tonight’s game at Orlando won’t be all that different than most of their games this season.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tonight against the Magic due to a right groin injury he suffered in Monday’s 107-106 loss at Houston.
Thomas flew back to Boston Tuesday night.
Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters he is leaning towards having Marcus Smart, who filled in earlier for an injured Jae Crowder, start in place of Thomas.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Rockets game, but Thomas continued to play on as he knocked down a 3-point shot just moments after he first began grimacing while holding the groin.
Following the loss, Thomas acknowledged the injury did bother him for the rest of the game as he finished with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting.
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” Thomas told reporters. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who was named to his first all-star team last season, has been even more dynamic offensively this year.
He leads the Celtics with a career-high 26 points per game and has been ranked among the NBA’s top 10 scorers most of this season.
It is too soon to tell if the injury will sideline him for one game, or whether he’ll be out for an extended period of time.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while ready for the Chris Sale era to begin with the Red Sox in a 1975 throwback uniform at Fenway’s opening day.
*Larry Brooks says that the New York Rangers are in “deep trouble” despite all of the goals that they’re scoring, and here’s why.
*The New York Islanders are playing with fire when it comes to John Tavares potentially leaving if they can’t find a running mate for him.
*Good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector about Kris Russell defying the analytical critics with his work for the Edmonton Oilers.
*Scary scene with the New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks where Taylor Hall knocked out Philip Larsen with a hit, and then touched a brawl where the unconscious Larsen was kicked in the head a couple of times.
*Here’s some very good news about former B’s forward Craig Cunningham, who has begun communicating with his AHL teammates through Facetime calls and is alert, joking and sounding like somebody that’s starting to make a slow recovery from whatever mysterious thing caused him to collapse prior to a Roadrunners game.
*Flyers D-man Shayne Gostisbehere has made such a splash with the Broad Street Bullies that he’s got a “Ghost Bear” beer named after him.
*For something completely different: The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" is going to be shown during Jimmy Kimmel, and it’s looking pretty cool in this snippet.