Red Sox manager John Farrell offered a few roster updates on Friday morning, saying that first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp and right-hander Clayton Mortensen had both made the team, but suggesting that the team has not yet finalized the decision about whether or not Jackie Bradley Jr. will be on the team and in the starting lineup on Monday for the team’s opener against the Yankees.
Because Bradley is not on the 40-man roster, Farrell suggested, the team must still resolve some roster matters before making a final call on the rookie. Presumably, those issues include:
A) Whether or not Ryan Sweeney will exercise his right to opt out of his minor league contract or accept an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket;
B) If he does opt out, whether or not the team would exercise its right to add him to the major league roster within the next 48 hours; and
C) The creation of a spot on the 40-man roster for either Bradley or Sweeney. (One possibility: Farrell said that left-hander Franklin Morales would be stretched out as a starter while rehabbing from his lower back injury, a process that will require him to build up his workload deliberately in extended spring training. The team could, at least in theory, have him open the year on the 60-day disabled list in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Alternately, the team could be using this weekend to see if any of its minor leaguers who represent depth options on the fringes of the 40-man roster clear outright waivers.)
“To get [Bradley on the team], we’ve got to work through the roster to get to that point. That’s why it’s not a given, it’s not an absolute that he’s in New York,” Farrell told reporters in Fort Myers. “We’ve got some things to work through. He’s done a great job. We’ve talked about it — and rightfully so — daily, but we’re not going to officially announce it.
“We’re at the point where we’re working through some final roster situations,” he added. “We’ve got a 48-hour window to respond to Ryan Sweeney’s situation. We’re at 40 [on the 40-man roster] currently, so any changes to that would require a process that we’re going to have to go through, so we’re not at the final 25 [players on the big league roster for Opening Day] or the final 40 yet.”
Farrell said that the final decision could wait as long as Sunday afternoon, when the team is required to submit its roster.
Meanwhile, Farrell said, Carp has been told that he’ll make the team at the conclusion of a spring in which he hit .190 with a .244 OBP, one homer and two doubles in 45 plate appearances.
“He’s going to come off the bench, pinch-hit, occasional start, the flexibility to go to first or left field if we do pinch-hit or have changes in other areas. That hasn’t changed since the day he walked in. That’s been consistent,” Farrell said. “[Carp's ability to play both first base and outfield is] very important. It was probably the difference between, if we were to compare guys who we’re talking about this morning, the ability to go to first base weighed heavily in this. You can say it was a deciding factor, defensive versatility. That’s not to take anything away from Ryan Sweeney — he’s a very good player, can play all three outfield positions. We felt like that flexibility to go to first base was key in this.”
Other player updates:
– Sweeney has until midnight tonight to make a decision about whether or not to opt out of his contract. From there, the Sox would have 48 hours to decide whether or not to add him to the 25-man roster or permit him to leave as a free agent. The outfielder remains in Sox camp today and will take batting practice.
“At this point in time, we’re of the understanding that he’ll remain. He has, obviously, the remainder of today to make that official or not, but that’s our understanding based on the conversation yesterday,” said Farrell.
– David Ortiz will continue the same baseball activities in which he’s been participating for more than a week.
“The consistency to those activities is a positive. There’s been no minor setbacks along the way,” Farrell told reporters.
– The Sox will build Morales’ innings load to the point where he can start. The left-hander is slated for the first time in weeks to throw off a mound this weekend. The Sox anticipate “probably more of a progression” to get his workload built up than would have been the case if the team was simply preparing him for relief duty,” Farrell told reporters.
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Christian talks about the Patriots visiting the White House and Gronk interrupting Sean Spicer during his press conference. Aaron Hernandez was the big story of the day and alot of people had their theories of what happened and why now. The Bruins lose another close one to the Senators and Christian talks about how the offense needs to perform better because they got a great game from the goalie and defense.
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.
HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."
HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.
HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
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Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Rich and Ben discuss the Celtics poor performances in Games 1 & 2, how we have to change our predictions, Rajon Rondo's thumb injury, and who is to blame for the terrible start to the series.
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