September 1: Nobody new (yet)

The MLB roster expansion has occurred, yet the Red Sox roster has not expanded by even one player. This is because Triple-A Pawtucket is very much in the hunt for the International League Governor’s Cup, and the management doesn’t want to cripple them in a critical playoff run unnecessarily. The PawSox won a franchise-record 85 games this season, and the front office likes to see young players perform under playoff pressure. Once Pawtucket’s season ends (the earliest that could happen is September 5th, if the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees happen to sweep them), you’re likely to see a few familiar faces that flashed through the bigs this season.

The Sox already have a third catcher in Dave Ross, and Jonathan Van Every is already up for outfield depth, so there are no truly glaring needs at this point. One factor is likely that Mike Lowell, out since August 13 with a strained oblique, had a “great” BP session and thinks he can return to the field really soon.

The Portland Sea Dogs have announced their 2008 team awards. OF Zach Daeges took the MVP award, Michael Bowden was the team’s Pitcher of the Year, Mickey Hall was the 10th Man, and Iggy Suarez won the Citizen of the Year. I actually wasn’t aware that that was an award. Well, I guess you learn something new every day.


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