Red Sox Roster Moves: Christian Vazquez Hits DL; Carlos Marmol Released

The Boston Red Sox announced a flurry of roster moves ahead of their final spring training home game Monday. Chief among those moves was the four players who will start their seasons on the disabled list, with Christian Vazquez being one of them.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday it “would be a stretch” for the catcher to make the Opening Day roster, but it was assumed Vazquez would start the season in the minor leagues or in extended spring training. There’s no word if Vazquez, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, re-injured his elbow or if the move is precautionary.

Starter Eduardo Rodriguez (knee), reliever Carson Smith (forearm) and right-hander Brandon Workman (elbow) also will start the season on the DL.

Infielder Deven Marrero was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and infielder Josh Rutledge, first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig, outfielder Brennan Boesch, catchers Dan Butler and Sandy Leon and right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro were reassigned to minor league camp. The Red Sox say Craig, Leon, Rutledge, and Varvaro will remain with the major league team through its April 1-2 exhibition games against the Toronto Blue Jays in Montreal, and Butler will remain with the Red Sox through Wednesday’s split-squad games.

The Red Sox also released right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol, whom the team brought in as a non-roster invitee in February.

With all of Monday’s moves, the Red Sox have 27 men on the major league roster.

Thumbnail photo via Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez looks on from home plate during a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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