Wednesday, March 2, 2011
League has protocol for spring road games
By Joe McDonald
FORT MYERS, Fla. -– If you’re planning on going to a Red Sox road game this spring and wonder which players will be making the trip, manager Terry Francona explained Wednesday morning the league-mandated protocol.
In the past, at least four veteran players needed to make each road game during Grapefruit League action. Now, a “veteran” player consists of anyone who was a platoon player last season or has a realistic chance to play this season.
Due to all the Red Sox injuries last year, that means players like Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald are all considered veterans and will make a lot of those trips.
If you’re heading to Tampa for Friday’s game against the New York Yankees, Clay Buchholz, Brandon Duckworth, Randy Williams, Rich Hill and Matt Albers will all pitch for the Red Sox. Also, Jed Lowrie and Jason Varitek are expected to play against the Yankees.