Red Sox start whittling down postseason roster

October, 3, 2009

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have begun whittling down their postseason roster.

The club has told several players where they will be heading in the coming days. Reliever Junichi Tazawa will accompany the club to Anaheim and remain with the team for Games 1 and 2 but will then fly home to Japan.

"That way we give him a taste of what it's like,'' manager Terry Francona said. "It made no sense for him to fly there, then fly back here to Boston and then fly all the way home.''

Pitcher Michael Bowden and catcher Dusty Brown will head to Fort Myers, Fla., where they will continue to work out at extended spring training and be prepared in case they are needed for the postseason because of a possible injury.

Outfielder Josh Reddick, who has put up impressive numbers at the minor league level, will either head to Fort Myers or will fly with the club to Anaheim. His status will depend on how J.D. Drew is in the next two days. Drew received a cortisone injection on Wednesday in his ailing left shoulder.

Third-string catcher George Kottaras will also accompany the club to Anaheim. He will be able to workout with the club during the off-days and the Red Sox are checking with Major League Baseball to check if Kottaras will be allowed to catch relievers in the bullpen during games.

Left-handed pitchers Dustin Richardson and Hunter Jones will each head home, as will right-hander Fernando Cabrera.

ESPN's Pedro Gomez covered the Oakland A's home and away nearly every day from 1992-97 for the San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee and then became the national baseball writer and later a general columnist at the Arizona Republic before becoming an ESPN bureau reporter in 2003.



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