Berry likely to get last Sox roster spot

Berry likely to get last Sox roster spot
October 2, 2013, 6:30 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

BOSTON – And the final spot goes to ...
 
Although manager John Farrell does not want to name names just yet, he has a good idea in his head of his 25-man roster for Red Sox’ American League Division Series, which begins Friday.
 
The deadline for rosters is 10 a.m. Friday.
 
“We’re right at it,” Farrell said of his finalized roster. “And there’s been an opportunity to talk to some guys here today that there might be an alternative plan for them over the coming week. We’ll have a small group that will report to [Fort Myers,] Florida after tomorrow to continue to stay in shape and game activity in instructional league. So we’re working through all that right now.”
 
Farrell confirmed he will carry 11 pitchers on the roster, leaving 14 spots for position players. That will most likely be:

*Designated hitter: David Ortiz

*Infielders: Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia, Stephen Drew, Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts

*Outfielders: Shane Victorino, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, Mike Carp
 
That would leave one spot available, which is likely to go to Quintin Berry, with Jackie Bradley Jr. among the group of players bound for Fort Myers, barring anything unforeseen.
 
While Berry was acquired from the Royals on Aug. 27 to play the role of Dave Roberts in 2004, Farrell said he has seen enough from Berry over the last five weeks to use him in more than just a pinch-running role.
 
“I wouldn’t say exclusively as a pinch-runner, but that’s why he was brought here and that’s still the first and foremost attribute that we’ll look to use,” Farrell said. “If we get in a situation where the defensive side of it is needed, well, then we’ve got that to take advantage of. But if we’re looking at pinch-hit situations, we’ve got guys that we’re probably going to go to before him.
 
“[But,] we haven’t been reluctant to [use Berry in other roles].”
 
Berry appeared in 13 games for the Sox this season, including four in left field, four in right, and three in center. Including 2012 with the Tigers, he has appeared in 68 games in left, 25 in center, and nine in right at the major league level.
 
“He and we are probably more comfortable in center field,” Farrell said. “But he’s had exposure, probably more exposure in left field than in right. So we feel like we’re covered with multiple guys at each outfield position.”