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Brian Johnson, others told they won't be on ALDS roster

Rob Bradford
October 02, 2018 - 2:11 pm

They weren't huge surprises, but the postseason roster announcements by Alex Cora Tuesday offered some insight into how the Red Sox were planning to approach things heading into Game 1 of their American League Division Series Friday.

Cora informed pitchers Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez they wouldn't be on the ALDS roster but were being asked to remain with the team. The Red Sox are sending pitcher Robby Scott and infielders Tzu-Wei Lin and Sam Travis to Fort Myers during the playoff run to continue working out in case their services are needed.

Brandon Phillips has opted to head home with his locker already having been cleared out.

"I mean, very difficult," said Cora when asked about telling the players they weren't making the ALDS roster. "But at the same time, I let them know they were very important. No chance we survive pitching-wise without them accepting their roles and using them in different roles. They should be proud of what they did and they're going to stay ready. They're going to be ready if something happens and are guys that will be in the conversation throughout the month."

It would appear that Joe Kelly, Bobby Poyner, Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree are vying for the final two spots in the Red Sox' bullpen.

Cora also noted that if the Red Sox' play the Yankees it will likely be Nathan Eovaldi who gets the start in a Game 4 at Yankee Stadium.