Red Sox option Garin Cecchini, 3 others, while sending Henry Owens to minor league camp; Release Mitchell Boggs

Mike Petraglia
March 26, 2015 - 7:12 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox continue to make moves to round their Opening Day roster into form. Before Thursday's game against the Twins, the team made a series of transactions to trim the roster down. Outfielder Bryce Brentz and third baseman/outfielder Garin Cecchini were among four players optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Also optioned to the PawSox were right-handed pitchers Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill. '€œWe'€™re going to move him around defensively With the configuration of our big league roster and certainly with Pablo entrenched at third, we'€™re going to look to create some defensive versatility with Garin, and that will include first base, that will include left field," manager John Farrell said Thursday. "The way he'€™s swung the bat when he came up last September and the way he'€™s swung the bat this spring, it looks like his bat will be ready before a defensive opening at third base is going to present itself. He'€™s embraced it and I think he'€™s seen a number of players go before him that the versatility has created, it can allow them to break through and land a spot on the big league club, whether it'€™s [Daniel] Nava adding first base, whether it'€™s Mookie [Betts] going to the outfield, Brock Holt. That list is growing by pretty tangible examples. You create some versatility, you make yourself that much more valuable. "Games played, he'€™s going to get reps at all three positions. What that ultimate breakdown is remains to be seen. Initially there may be some reps at the other two to catch up a little bit." The team also reassigned lefty Henry Owens to minor league camp. "There was greater familiarity. He got more innings pitched here. He himself was able to gain valuable experience against more seasoned hitters," Farrell said Thursday in explaining the move. "There's still work to be done, obviously, particularly with command to the glove side of the plate. He showed an improved breaking ball with added tightness and sharpness to the pitch. There's still work to be done. "That's where there was some inconsistency when he was going to his glove side. He yanked some balls in there. He never got into a rhythm that allowed him to command both sides of the plate." Finally, the team released right-handed pitcher Mitchell Boggs. The veteran, if he clears, could wind up pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket as he continues to build strength back up from his groin injury that needed surgery to repair. "Coming off the groin injury that he had, he needs to go and continue to pitch," Farrell said. "He showed flashes of solid stuff here. The command issues the last couple of times are related to the overall effort as he's trying to generate some overall velocity. He's made strides from last year before the procedure to the groin area." With these moves, the Red Sox now have 43 players in big league camp, including 32 players from the 40-man roster, and 11 non-roster invitees. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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