Found September 14, 2012 on NESN.com:

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The Red Sox will be relying on more reinforcements.

After the Pawtucket Red Sox finished their season by claiming the Governor's Cup on Friday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine indicated the team would likely recall "one or two" more guys to the major league roster.

That's because, according to Valentine, his current corps just isn't cutting it. Since the group has lost nine of 11 games in September, it prompted the skipper to offer some harsh -- but honest -- criticism.

"This is the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball," he said. "It could use help everywhere."

Let's compare Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays to the Opening Day lineup against the Tigers on April 5.

Friday:

Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Mike Aviles, 2B
Cody Ross, RF
Mauro Gomez, DH
Ryan Lavarnway, C
Daniel Nava, LF
James Loney, 1B
Jose Iglesias, SS

Opening Day:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Ryan Sweeney, RF
Cody Ross, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Mike Aviles, SS

While the Opening Day lineup boasted a star-studded cast, it ultimately never equated to victories. As a result, the Red Sox elected to trade away Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez -- among others -- at different points of the season.

Injuries also gradually sapped the team's competitive fire. Despite playing one game in August, David Ortiz has essentially been sidelined since July 16 with an Achilles injury that prematurely ended his season.

Dustin Pedroia is currently attending to his wife, Kelli, who delivered their second son back in Boston. Ryan Sweeney has also been shelved for the season after suffering a fractured knuckle while punching a door.

There were also additions in between the Opening Day lineup and Friday's game that were sidetracked by setbacks.

Before getting traded to the Dodgers, Carl Crawford missed the majority of the season with a troublesome elbow that required Tommy John surgery. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a broken wrist last month that shattered his rookie campaign.

That's not to mention the pitching staff's yearlong nightmare. With the exception of Jon Lester, each member of the Red Sox rotation this season has spent at least one stint on the 15-day disabled list.

Five of Friday's starters began the season with the Pawtucket Red Sox. So clearly, Valentine needs all the help at his disposal.

"If there are people that could be brought up, we should bring them up," Valentine said, referring to players in Triple-A. "But I don't know that there's a lot of guys left."

It's not the roster that Valentine expected to inherit last December. But with the overhaul, he's trying to stay afloat.

 

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4 Comments:
  • F U valentine, you caused the departure of many of the veterans on the roster because they didn't want to play for your sorry ass. And if boston brings this clown back Big Papi is gone too. Go back to Japan you moron.
  • Bobby V is yet another of those players who should have rode off into the sunset. If he was ONLY half as good as he thinks he is, he would be outstanding. Granted many of the RedSox players are/were Divas, but making that work is why Bobby V takes in the big bucks. He needs to stop pointing his finger and look into a mirror to find the root cause.
  • Wake up Boston fans! Start putting the blame where it belongs......with the over paid babies of the Red Sox and MLB. Their guaranteed contracts are what causes these issues. They should be paid for performance not for what they once may have done. While I am not a big Bobby V fan, he is being paid peanuts to put up with the childish attitudes of ballplayers with NO pride. The veterans can blame themselves along with management, Theo and Francona for the issues that exist. Francona condoned the atmosphere in the clubhouse and it bit him in the butt. When Bobby V joined the team, I think he should've been given a playpen and some binkies to pass out to the players! IF you don't want to play the game, leave your contract at the door and go home. Save us all the misery of listening to your whining about how bad you have it......
  • Time for the team to put up or shut up. It's ridiculous to hear the veteran players whine about everything when they make millons of dollars every year. I would rather watch the young kids get a chance. At least they appear to have pride in what they are doing.
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