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Red Sox will be in attendance for Lincecum showcase

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Red Sox will be in attendance for Lincecum showcase

CHICAGO -- Along with 20 or so other teams, the Red Sox will be in attendance Friday when former San Francisco Giants righthander Tim Lincecum throws in Scottsdale, Az. in a showcase for scouts and talent evaluators.

Indications are, however, that the Sox are merely doing their due diligence in attending the workout. It's unclear how highly they regard the 31-year-old pitcher, or what role they would envision for him.

Lincecum was a free agent last winter, but attracted little attention and spent most of the winter and early spring refining his mechanics, gearing toward this week's showcase.

Lincecum was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and 2009 and an All-Star in 2010 and 2011, but from 2012 through last year, his performance dipped considerably, with a won-loss record of 39-42 and an ERA of 4.68.

He pitched out of the bullpen some in 2014 and last season was limited to just 15 starts.

The Sox are waiting on Eduardo Rodriguez and Joe Kelly to return from injuries and have Henry Owens in the rotation currently. Additionally, Brian Johnson and Roenis Elias are depth options in Pawtucket.

 

Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia to begin season on injured list

Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia to begin season on injured list

One of the Boston Red Sox' most important lingering questions has finally been answered. Dustin Pedroia isn't going to be with the Red Sox at the start of the 2019 season.

According to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Pedroia is going to start the year on the injured list.

It's notable that there was no setback with Pedroia. It just appears that the team is being extra cautious and wants to be sure the 35-year-old is ready to play consecutively before allowing him to return to the squad.

With Pedroia on the mend, the Red Sox will be able to carry an extra pitcher to start the season, if they so desire. With the questions the team has in the bullpen, it may make sense to carry an extra arm until they figure out the pecking order there. But either way, for now, Pedroia won't be on the roster to start the year.

In Pedroia's stead, Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez will likely platoon at second base, something they did a lot of last season before the Red Sox traded for Ian Kinsler.

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Red Sox assign Bobby Dalbec, 10 others to minor league camp

Red Sox assign Bobby Dalbec, 10 others to minor league camp

The Boston Red Sox are continuing to shape their roster in advance of Opening Day. With spring training winding down and the team's season opener against the Seattle Mariners just 10 days away, they are focusing on building their first 25-man roster.

On Monday morning, the Red Sox further whittled down their roster and reassigned 11 players to minor league camp. There weren't any surprises in the group, but one of the team's top prospects, Bobby Dalbec, was included.

Dalbec, 23, hit just .200 in spring training with the Red Sox.

Bryce Brentz, who hit two home runs during spring training, was another notable reassignment. He has a .287 career batting average in two short stints in the major leagues, both with the Red Sox.

Chad De La Guerra, a second baseman who hit .345 during spring training, also was noteworthy given the uncertain status of Dustin Pedroia.

All of the pitchers assigned to the minors had ERAs of 5.19 or worse, except for Zach Putnam. He didn't pitch in spring training as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

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