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Surprise! Poyner and Walden make Red Sox pitching staff

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Surprise! Poyner and Walden make Red Sox pitching staff

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitchers Marcus Walden and Bobby Poyner are your surprise 2018 Red Sox, clearing up the Red Sox’ 25-man roster picture ahead of Opening Day.

Brandon Workman was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, leaving the righty Walden as a long man. Poyner is the lone lefty in the bullpen. (Justin Haley was also re-assigned to minor league camp on Monday).

The Red Sox rotation has also been named, in order of games they are scheduled to pitch: Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Hector Velazquez and Brian Johnson.

“As long as they’re healthy Thursday, but they won it. They pitched well,” manager Alex Cora said Monday afternoon. “They did an outstanding job throughout spring training. When I talked about it yesterday, when you talk about spring training stats and you get caught up: it’s not about the numbers. You see the stuff and how they went about the hitters, the weapons, the pitches they can use and we feel they’re going to help us out right now. 

“I know [Workman] has been here for a while and he’ll be part of this. It takes more than 25 guys to win a World Series. It takes more than 40. You have guys, you never expect them in the offseason that they were going to be part of this. . . . Obviously, [Workman's] disappointed. He’ll be all right. He’ll go to Pawtucket, he’ll compete, and at some point we’re going to need him and he’s going to get outs at the big league level.”

Walden, 29, had a 3.92 ERA in 29 games at Triple-A Pawtucket last season, 15 of them starts. Poyner, 25, had a 1.49 ERA across High-A and Double-A last year. He’s skipping Triple-A.

A few other roster notes:

•  Steven Wright went to the 10-day disabled list on Monday, and he also got a PRP injection in his surgically repaired left knee. Wright cannot serve his 15-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy unless he is healthy and able to be on the active roster. So, whenever his time on the DL is up, he still has the suspension looming. He’s out of the picture until late April at the earliest.

• Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz were officially listed on the DL, as expected. E-Rod is to buy the whole team dinner on Tuesday, Cora emphasized, because coach Carlos Febles gave him No. 57, which is what E-Rod wanted. He wanted No. 57 because it belonged to Johan Santana.

• Dustin Pedroia will be traveling with the Red Sox as opposed to remaining in Florida to rehab his right knee. Cora thinks it will be "special" to have Pedroia on hand as Cora’s managerial career begins. “It’ll be special for me, I think it’s special for him too,” Cora said. “He hates the fact that he’s not going to be in the lineup. I know it’s special, it means a lot to both of us. And the rehab is very important to be around us . . . So he’ll travel with us. He’ll get close, then he’ll disappear and go somewhere, either here or wherever he has to go to get his at-bats and we’ll go from there.” Pedroia is to be in Boston as well.

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Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Red Sox join growing list of MLB teams to release minor leaguers amid COVID-19

Minor League Baseball is getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN reported that hundreds of minor leaguers were released Thursday, and that hundreds more cuts are likely to follow in the coming weeks.

It's also possible the 2020 minor league season doesn't happen at all. Regardless, teams are looking for ways to trim costs, and one place that's being impacted is minor league rosters.

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The Boston Red Sox have become the latest Major League Baseball team to announce the release of minor leaguers. Here's the list of players from Friday's announcement:

Pitchers : Matthew Gorst (RHP), Alex Demchak (LHP), Dylan Thompson (RHP), Robbie Baker (RHP), Chris Machamer (RHP), Connor Berry (RHP), Eddie Jimenez (RHP), Kelvin Sanchez (LHP), Zach Schneider (RHP), and Mason Duke (RHP)

Catchers: Joe DeCarlo, Samuel Miranda, and Breiner Licona

Infielders: Nick Lovullo, Juremi Profar, Korby Batesole, Andre Colon, and Nilo Rijo

Outfielders: Edgar Corcino, Keith Curcio, Trenton Kemp, and Marino Campana

Here's a list of other MLB teams making these kinds of cuts. 

One of the many unfortunate aspects of this development is that a lot of the players around the league who are being released might never play professional baseball again. 

Several major league players are going into their own pocket to financially assist minor leaguers, including former Red Sox pitcher David Price, who's giving $1,000 of his own money to each Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer in June.

It's still possible the 2020 MLB season will happen in some form. Both the league and MLBPA reportedly have been discussing and negotiating on several different issues, but there's been no public agreement on a return proposal at this time.

MLB rumors: David Price to give $1,000 to Dodgers minor leaguers in June

MLB rumors: David Price to give $1,000 to Dodgers minor leaguers in June

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price is going into his own pocket to help his fellow baseball players.

Sports has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that's definitely true for Minor League Baseball and its players.

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ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that hundreds of minor league players were released Thursday, with many more cuts expected to come. 

Price is trying to help, and according to baseball writer Francys Romero, the Dodgers pitcher will give money in June to players in the Dodgers' minor league system.

This is a very generous gesture from Price.

Price, as Romero notes, has yet to play for the Dodgers. He was traded, along with superstar outfielder Mookie Betts, from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in February. He's probably never met a lot of these Dodgers minor leaguers, but he's still willing to help them through this difficult time.

We still don't know when Price will make his Dodgers debut because it remains unknown if the 2020 season will happen at all. The league and the MLBPA reportedly have been negotiating different return proposals, but no agreement has been announced at this time.