Red Sox send down Webster, Vazquez, Marrero

Red Sox send down Webster, Vazquez, Marrero
March 17, 2014, 10:30 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals Monday, the Red Sox did some roster trimming, optioning two players to Pawtucket and assigning another to minor league camp.
    
Optioned were pitcher Allen Webster and catcher Christian Vazquez. Shortstop Deven Marrero, meanwhile, was returned to camp.
    
"In each case,'' said John Farrell, "these three guys in particular are exceptionally talented guys and not that far away from the big leagues.''
    
Farrell's comments on the three . . .
    
Allen Webster: "I thought his spring this year was more impressive than a year ago when he was the talk of camp. We're seeing a guy who's maturing on the mound, with the use of his two-seamer and the number of strikes at the bottom of the strike zone has been very encouraging . . . There's an understanding of who he is as a pitcher.''
    
Christian Vazquez: "With Christian, there's progression with the bat and his willingness to go the other way. He's starting to impact the baseball more in some advantage counts. He has the ability to shut down a running game with the way he defends and the way he throws. There'd be no hesitation, if the need arose, to call upon him.''
    
Deven Marrero: "A well above-average defender. Last year, he had limited exposure to us while he was in big league camp. But this year, (he's a) very good defender right now and I think he's settling into an approach at the plate that's not only consistent, but one that works best for him. He does have a tendency to tinker (with his stance), always searching for what the right feel is. We've seen him the last five or six days, really impact the baseball to the pull side.''
    
The moves leave the Red Sox with 43 players in camp.