Red Sox Announce 2022 Opening Day Roster Before Series Against Yankees

Here are the 28 players who will begin the year with Boston


April 7, 2022

The Boston Red Sox on Thursday made a few last-minute tweaks and finalized their Opening Day roster ahead of the 2022 Major League Baseball season.

The Red Sox selected infielder Travis Shaw and reliever Hansel Robles to the major league roster. Both players participated in big league spring training as non-roster invitees.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Boston designated right-handers Eduard Bazardo and Ralph Garza Jr. for assignment.

As expected, left-hander Josh Taylor will be sidelined to begin the season. He’s been placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 4) with a low back strain.

Chris Sale and James Paxton previously were placed on the 60-day IL while recovering from a rib cage stress fracture and Tommy John surgery, respectively.

It’s worth noting teams are allowed to carry 28 players on their active roster to begin the season, an agreement made by MLB and the MLB Players Association to account for a truncated spring training in wake of the 99-day lockout. This is expected to stay in effect through May 1, at which point active rosters will go back to the usual 26 players.

So, without further ado, here’s the Red Sox’s full 28-man roster ahead of Friday’s season opener against the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

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

Eovaldi will start Opening Day for the Red Sox. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET, with pregame coverage on NESN beginning at 11:30 a.m.

He’ll be followed in the rotation by Pivetta, Houck, Wacha and Hill, although Whitlock likely will log bulk innings out of the bullpen, as well.

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