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Red Sox get down to 25-player limit by sending Elias to Pawtucket


Red Sox get down to 25-player limit by sending Elias to Pawtucket

BRADENTON, Fla. -- And then, finally, there were 25.

On their next-to-last day in Florida, the Red Sox got down to their Opening Day roster limit when they optioned left-handed starter Roenis Elias to Pawtucket.

The move validates that Steven Wright won the competition for the fifth starter in the rotation, and that Matt Barnes and Noe Ramirez have earned spots in the bullpen.

Elias, who seemed to be simulataneously competing for the No. 5 starter and a spot in the bullpen, will serve as a starter in Pawtucket, providing some depth for the rotation in case of injury or performance issues.

"This was competition in the rotation, which Steven has secured,'' offered John Farrell. "Looking at Roenis as a possible reliever, it's the things we've talked about it already: Who we're going to go up against. It's predominantly right-handed hitting lineups in the first three series (Cleveland, Toronto, Baltimore). A number of factors went into this.''

Elias had difficulty in his bullpen audition, getting shelled on one day's rest and discouraging the Red Sox from having him open the season as a reliever.

Meanwhile, both Barnes and Ramirez are stretched out sufficiently should the Red Sox need multiple innings from them early in the season. Lefty Robbie Ross Jr. could also fill that middle- or long-relief role.

Farrell is still undecided on whether Joe Kelly or Rick Porcello will line up as the No. 3 starter, but he was able to sketch out most of the pitching matchups for the first week.

David Price will pitch the first game in Cleveland on April 4. After an off-day, Clay Buchholz will pitch the second game on April 6. Either Kelly or Porcello will work the final game of the series, and the other will open the weekend series in Toronto the following night, April 8.

Price will come back on normal rest for the middle game, Saturday April 9, with Wright getting the road-trip finale on Sunday, April 10.

That leaves Buchholz as the starter for the home opener against Baltimore on April 11.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”