FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Sox made three roster moves Wednesday morning, optioning catcher Ryan Lavarnway to Pawtucket and returning two pitchers -- Anthony Carter and Jose de la Torre -- to minor league camp.
"Right now," said Farrell, "(Lavarnway) needs everyday at-bats. And as I mentioned to him this morning, my benchmark was last September for him. One, he's come in at a weight that is more consistent with what he's been in the past. I thought he did a very good job with that catching side of the game. His catching and footwork are much improved.
"The emphasis this spring training was on the defensive side and yet we've known him to be an offensive player. When those two parts of his game are aligned, he's a major league player. From a catching standpoint, I think he had a good spring. Offensively, we need to get him back to the player he's been year after year. He needs to go down and hit every day."
The moves leave the Sox with 35 players in camp, 10 over the limit.
"We'd probably like to have some sense of who our 25 guys by the end of the day (Thursday)," said Farrell, "so we just want to be fair to all that are going north that they've got a couple of days to prepare themselves."
The Sox will leave pitchers Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow in Fort Myers Saturday night while taking Stephen Drew and David Ortiz with them to New York, even though the latter two will also open the season the DL.
"It will be determined after that first series, where guys go," said Farrell, "if they're game ready or getting closer to it, do they return back down here for (weather) reasons?"