Notes: Sizemore gets day off; Sox send Cecchini to PawSox

Notes: Sizemore gets day off; Sox send Cecchini to PawSox
March 28, 2014, 6:30 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox gave Grady Sizemore the day off after telling the oft-injured, three-time All-Star that he will be their starting center field on Opening Day. He has had seven operations since 2009 and has not played since 2011. He is hitting .333 (13-for-39) with one home run and two RBIs, and he is expected to play Saturday in Boston's spring finale, also against Minnesota.

"He's going to be a good addition," Mike Napoli said of Sizemore. "He's like everyone else in this clubhouse. He works hard. He loves the game. He fits in well here. We expect him to go out there and play good baseball."

-- In something of a surprise move, the Red Sox promoted third-base prospect Garin Cecchini to Triple-A Pawtucket. Cecchini split last season between Class A Salem and Class AA Portland, and was expected to at least start the year with the Sea Dogs. He hit .322 with a .443 on-base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage in his two 2013 stops. The move was first reported by the Providence Journal.

-- The Sox also made some expected roster moves after the game, sending left-hander Drake Britton and catcher Ryan Lavarnway to Pawtucket. Their roster is now down to 30 players, with five more cuts needing to be made before Monday's season opener in Baltimore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.