Red Sox release World Series roster

Red Sox release World Series roster
October 23, 2013, 10:30 am
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Franklin Morales' rehab stint could be coming to an end this week.

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Clay Buchholz and Franklin Morales have been placed on the World Series roster for the Red Sox, meaning the team will have the same 25 players available that it had for the ALDS and ALCS.

There was some question as to whether or not Buchholz would be ready to start Game 3 against the Cardinals considering he experienced such a drop in velocity in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Felix Doubront could have been available to get a start in Game 3 or Game 4 in place of Buchholz, and while that still has not necessarily been ruled out, Buchholz's presence on the roster is a signal that the team is confident he is healthy enough to pitch.

If eventually it is deemed that Buchholz is injured, the Red Sox would be allowed to replace him on the 25-man roster, but Buchholz would then be unavailable to return.

After a disastrous ALCS, Morales has also been placed on the World Series roster. Lefty Matt Thornton would have made a sensible replacement for the lefty Morales, who allowed a go-ahead two-run single to Victor Martinez in Game 6 against the Tigers, but Thornton hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 29. Despite Morales' sometimes erratic command of the strike zone, he has better stuff than Thornton, and was likely deemed a better option than a reliever who hasn't pitched in three weeks. 

Here is the full 25-man Red Sox roster for the World Series:

PITCHERS (11): Craig Breslow, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Franklin Morales, Jake Peavy, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Brandon Workman.
 
CATCHERS (2): David Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
 
INFIELDERS (6): Xander Bogaerts, Stephen Drew, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia. 
 
OUTFIELDERS (6): Quintin Berry, Mike Carp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino.