September roster expansion

Who can we expect to see come up after September 1 to join the club as the rosters expand to 40 men? Scanning the 40-man roster, I see some very obvious choices. Starting with the most likely callups:

Jon Lester, SP. This is not a surprise, really, as Theo has pretty much announced that Lester will be back once the rosters expand. The lefty will reclaim his spot in the rotation and will need to work on getting through more innings so that he can be in top form for the playoffs.

Jacoby Ellsbury, OF. Ellsbury electrified Red Sox Nation with his brief stint in July, and left us all gasping for more. His intensity and energy could really be useful in September, and he can play all three outfield spots. He could be a younger, faster, better Dave Roberts. Can you say pinch runner?

Kevin Cash, C. Cash has been a pleasant surprise and could stay in September even after Doug Mirabelli comes back from the DL. Not much of a hitter, but Jason Varitek needs to rest early and often for the all-important stretch run.

Brandon Moss, OF. You can’t have too many outfielders, especially with D.L. Drew and Manny Ramirez’s hamstrings. Moss could get a couple of spot starts, and play some late innings.

Clay Buchholz, SP/RP. The Sox were very impressed by the start he had up here, and could provide an important live arm out of the bullpen for the stretch run. Buchholz will be used sparingly, but it’d be good seasoning for him to face some big league hitters who are really gunning for him. If he proves to be ready now, he could even find himself in the bullpen for the postseason, though he is already near the innings cap the front office has set for his season.

Craig Breslow, RP. The Red Sox would turn to Breslow to provide another lefty in the bullpen, if they felt they needed him. Breslow was pretty good in a callup last year, and could be called on in some tough matchups.

Royce Clayton, SS. Should an injury occur to a middle infielder, it would most likely be Clayton who would get the call. He’s a pretty steady veteran and around a league-average hitter for a shortstop.

Matt Clement, SP/RP. It has been tossed about that the Sox could let Clement get some work in from the bullpen to help him in finding a job next year. Clement has not pitched in a game in over a year due to injury. If this happens, it would be at the very end of the season, once the Sox clinch the division.

Jed Lowrie, 2B/SS. I’d love to see Lowrie get some September experience, but he’s currently not on the 40-man roster, and that would require some juggling. We might have to designate a player in order to call him up, so it might not be worth it this year.


6 Responses to September roster expansion

  1. Cali says:

    No Chris Carter in your callup list?

  2. donchoi says:

    Carter is certainly a possibility to be called up, though he is more of a pinch hitter type, as he doesn’t play great defense; perhaps it’d be a good opportunity to see how he measures up. I wouldn’t expect him to put out more than maybe .260/.330/.450 at this point in his career.

    My thought process in not including him was that they have enough left-handed bats on the roster and could go with a depth chart at first base that goes Youkilis, Hinske, then perhaps Brandon Moss, who has been getting some time at 1B. Any of those guys gets injured, I think we definitely see him up here for a short stretch.

  3. donchoi says:

    With both Manny and Bobby Kielty leaving last night’s game with back pain, I think there’s a good chance we will see both Ellsbury and Moss up here on September 1.

  4. donchoi says:

    Incidentally, Jacoby Ellsbury has a 24-game hit streak going on at Pawtucket. That would be nice to get up here right about now. Whoo boy.

  5. Gary says:

    Carter has been a great hitter at any level!! Although deceivingly small in stature, he’s big at heart. He’s similar to another big leaguer, Matt Stairs, only more patient & smarter. He can DH, PH, play 1B or LF. He’ll surprise all of you.

  6. donchoi says:

    I’m not saying I don’t like Carter, but I don’t see much need for him at the major league level yet. The Red Sox are stocked with lefty hitters.

    Carter has great minor league numbers, I’ll agree, but don’t forget what ballpark he was playing in (huge park factor, which inflates everyone’s numbers).

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