The Red Sox have finalized their Opening Day roster for the start of the 2022 season, and they made some interesting moves in order to do so.
First off, infielder Travis Shaw and right-hander Hansel Robles were both selected to the major-league roster, while righty Tyler Danish was optioned to Triple-A Worcester.
In order to make room for Shaw and Robles on the 40-man roster, right-handers Eduard Bazardo and Ralph Garza Jr. were both designated for assignment.
Additionally, left-hander Josh Taylor was placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 4) due to a low back strain, the club announced on Thursday afternoon.
Following Thursday’s series of transactions, the Red Sox ensure that they will be carrying 15 pitchers and 13 position players on their Opening Day roster ahead of Friday’s season opener against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Red Sox roster
Pitchers (15): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Kutter Crawford, Austin Davis, Jake Diekman, Nathan Eovaldi, Rich Hill, Tanner Houck, Nick Pivetta, Hansel Robles, Hirokazu Sawamura, Matt Strahm, Phillips Valdez, Michael Wacha, Garrett Whitlock
Catchers (2): Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vázquez
Infielders (6): Jonathan Araúz, Xander Bogaerts, Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers, Travis Shaw, Trevor Story
Outfielders (3): Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez, Alex Verdugo
Infielder/Outfielders (2): Christian Arroyo, Kiké Hernández
Joining Taylor on the injured list to begin the season are fellow southpaws James Paxton and Chris Sale.
(Picture of Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)