Red Sox trim four from big-league camp

Red Sox trim four from big-league camp
March 23, 2014, 10:15 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox inched a little closer to their final 25-man roster Sunday morning, with four roster moves, bringing them to 36 players remaining in camp.

Catcher Daniel Butler was optioned to Pawtucket, while three pitchers -- lefty Rich Hill, Dalier Hinojosa and John Ely were returned to minor league camp.

John Farrell said Butler would be one of three catchers who will start the year in Pawtucket, all of whom would be capable of coming to the majors to help. The others are Ryan Lavarnway, whom the Sox have been shopping for much of the spring, and Christian Vazquez.

"They're all a foul tip away, if something were to happen,'' said Farrell. "Daniel's clearly in that mix.''

Hill, who reported late to camp after suffering the loss of an infant, needs more time.

"I thought he did a great job of somewhat catching up to speed under the difficult circumstances he was dealing with,'' said Farrell. "It's going to take a little more time for him to get back to the level of arm strength we typically know him to have.''

Ely is coming off Tommy John surgery and will begin the season in extended spring training for more recovery time.

Hinojosa, who defected from Cuba, got his introduction to Major League Baseball.

"We were impressed, from the standpoint of what he was exposed to,'' said Farrell. "There was much more structure and detail, coming into this camp. You marvel at a guy coming into a new culture, particularly with the way he got here. It's a different baseball world. He's got very good physical abilities. We're going to send him to Pawtucket to pitch out of the bullpen there. We feel like if the need were to come up, he'd best be suited to pitch shorter stints.

"He has a feel for three pitches, but not having pitched all of last year because of the process he went through (to leave Cuba and establish residency), he needs some time and innings.''