Sam Travis has made Red Sox Opening Day roster

Rob Bradford
March 26, 2019 - 9:13 am

The Red Sox have had to make their first regular-season roster adjustment of the 2019 season.

Due to a calf injury sustained by Steve Pearce the Sox will hit Opening Day with the World Series MVP on the injured list. Taking his place on the 25-man roster will be first baseman Sam Travis.

"We should do it, we have to do it that way, it makes sense for us, it makes sense for him, he should be back sooner rather than later but he won't be ready for Seattle so why take a chance," Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters regarding Pearce. "Travis will be there. I told these guys a few days ago, there are a few days, people get excited. There are Opening Day, July 31st and all that stuff. It's only Opening Day. I know it sucks for him, he wants to be there but we've got bigger goals."

While the team kicks off its season in Seattle Pearce will continue his rehab in Fort Myers, Fla.

Travis didn't have his typical dominant Grapefruit League season but he proved more consistent as the month unfolded, ending up hitting .211 without a home run in 22 games. He will be relied upon to share first base duties with Mitch Moreland, with the Sox slated to face a slew of left-handed starters in their first two series against the Mariners and A's./

"It was actually different than last year, different than two years ago," said Cora of Travis' spring training performance. "Last year he batted the ball all over the place early and then for whatever reason he kind of lost his swing, going into the season. This year it's the other way around, he started slow but little by little he's got a good looking swing and he's been putting up good at-bats, so we're very happy with his bat."