Red Sox edge closer to Opening Day roster with another round of cuts

Rob Bradford
March 18, 2019 - 9:26 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There were no real surprises when it came to the Red Sox' latest round of cuts Monday. But it did put the potential Opening Day roster in somewhat sharper focus.

The team announced early Monday morning that it had reassigned 11 players to minor-league camp, leaving 36 players in big league camp, all but three existing on the 40-man roster.

Those being sent out were: catcher Óscar Hernández; right-handed pitchers Zach Putnam, Erasmo Ramírez, Josh Smith, and Domingo Tapia; infielders C.J. Chatham, Bobby Dalbec, and Chad De La Guerra; and outfielders Bryce Brentz, Tate Matheny, and Cole Sturgeon.

An intriguing name still in play for a roster spot is pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez, who would seem to be in the mix for a spot in the bullpen. The 22-year-old pitched just five games in Double-A last season but has more than held his own during five Grapefruit League outings, giving up one run in 10 innings while striking out 12.

Others seemingly still competing for the final spots in the bullpen are Marcus Walden, Bobby Poyner, Brandon Workman and Colten Brewer and non-roster righty Ryan Weber. 

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