Ryan Lavarnway Optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to Start Season, But No Word on Jackie Bradley Jr.


The Red Sox’ catching logjam has been solved — for now.

The team has announced that Ryan Lavarnway has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, meaning Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross will be taking care of catching duties starting on Opening Day. While Lavarnway could come up sometime for the Sox, he’ll get more time to refine his hitting and defensive abilities behind the plate in the minors for now.

The Red Sox have also reassigned right-handers Anthony Carter and Jose De La Torre to minor league camp, according to the team.

The team has not indicated what will happen with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Many fans would like to see the youngster on the Opening Day roster, but the Sox may opt to keep him in the minor leagues for a few weeks before bringing him up due to league rules that would allow the team to keep him a year longer on his base deal if he begins this season in the minors.

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