Red Sox Set Opening Day Roster



BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox set their 2012 Opening Day 25-man roster by making the following roster moves:


-Placed pitchers Rich Hill (recovery from left elbow surgery), Daisuke Matsuzaka (recovery from right elbow surgery) and Andrew Miller (left hamstring strain), and outfielder Carl Crawford (recovery from left wrist surgery) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26.

-Placed pitchers Andrew Bailey (recovery from right thumb surgery) and Chris Carpenter (recovery from right elbow surgery), and outfielder Ryan Kalish (recovery from left shoulder surgery) on the 60-day disabled list.

-Selected pitchers Scott Atchison, Vicente Padilla and Justin Thomas to the active Major League roster.

-Assigned infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Nate Spears and outfielder Jason Repko to Triple-A Pawtucket, and assigned catcher Daniel Butler to Double-A Portland.


Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcements.


The 2012 Opening Day roster includes 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and four outfielders.


The Red Sox open their 112th season tomorrow on the road against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Ballpark beginning at 1:05 p.m.  Boston will start left-handed pitcher Jon Lester with right-hander Justin Verlander taking the mound for Detroit.


The Red Sox 2012 Opening Day Roster:


PITCHERS (13): Alfredo Aceves, Matt Albers, Scott Atchison, Daniel Bard, Josh Beckett, Michael Bowden, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Jon Lester, Mark Melancon, Franklin Morales, Vicente Padilla, Justin Thomas

CATCHERS (2): Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kelly Shoppach

INFIELDERS (6): Mike Aviles, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Nick Punto, Kevin Youkilis

OUTFIELDERS (4): Jacoby Ellsbury, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, Ryan Sweeney