BOSTON – Manager John Farrell confirmed Wednesday he will have 11 pitchers on his roster for the Red Sox’ American League Division Series, which begins Friday.
Over the weekend, during the final series of the regular season in Baltimore, Farrell had said he was trying to decide between carrying 10 or 11 pitchers. The Rays beating the Rangers on Monday night didn't play into his decision.
“More staying with what our strengths have been.” Farrell said. “This wasn’t in reaction to Texas being eliminated. This is going back and forth with [general manager] Ben [Cherington] and others on what is the 25th player, who is it, how do . . . we envision that person being used. You start to [anticipate] multiple moves down the line and then weigh what’s more important. ”
That means the Sox will carry one fewer position player. But the versatility of the players he can choose from -- Daniel Nava, Mike Carp, Xander Bogaerts, Quintin Berry -- played into his decision, Farrell said.
“Yes, clearly,” he said. “The one challenge for the roster is [to make sure we're covered at every position] and I will tell you that’s where a lot of the decision-making [is] centered around . . . [Many of the potential extra position players are] outfielders, and [we] just [want to make] sure we [aren't] too thin on the infield.”
Farrell’s pitching staff is likely to include Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Brandon Workman, Ryan Dempster and Drake Britton, with lefties Felix Doubront and Matt Thornton on the bubble.
The deadline for ALDS rosters is 10 a.m. Friday.