By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET – A few PawSox post-division clinching notes to pass along:
-- Though he didn’t name specific names, manager Gary DiSarcina did say that he fully expects to lose players on Sunday, the first day that MLB rosters expand from 25 to 40.
“I would think so. Probably one from each position,” DiSarcina said. “(Red Sox manager) John (Farrell) wants to have weapons on his bench. We’ll see what happens.”
DiSarcina noted that more light figures to be shed on said topic following Saturday’s regular season home finale against Syracuse.
Presently, the PawSox feature the following 40-man roster players: Rubby De La Rosa, Jose De La Torre, Pedro Beato, Allen Webster, Steven Wright, Brayan Villarreal, Ryan Lavarnway, Dan Butler, Brock Holt, Alex Hassan and Jackie Bradley Jr. The list doesn’t include rehabbers Alex Wilson and Brandon Snyder, who was in line to play nine innings Saturday night.
Taking a look at the pool of candidates, Lavarnway and Holt appear to be the only locks to join the Red Sox on Sunday. Lavarnway would fill that third catcher spot that MLB teams like to have in September while Holt fits the criteria that the Sox are looking for in an extra infielder.
-- With Bradley getting Saturday off, DiSarcina opted to hand the center-field duties over to newcomer Quintin Berry. Outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was also given Saturday off after suffering a right knee contusion Friday, the result of getting hit by a pitch.
“I’m curious to see how Quintin does out there,” noted DiSarcina.
-- Looking ahead to what the PawSox playoff rotation may look like, all signs point to Clay Buchholz getting the Game 1 nod at either Rochester or Norfolk. After that, the rest of the rotation will be based off the conversations DiSarcina has with PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur, Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett and others.
If reducing the workloads of some of the organization’s prized arms is taken under advisement, then it’s worth noting that Matt Barnes has 113.1 innings in 25 starts this season while Anthony Renaudo is at 140 innings exactly following 25 appearances (24 starts). Webster was at 110.1 Triple-A innings heading into Saturday with an additional 26.1 at the big-league level.
“They’ll want us to be comfortable with the guys we have,” DiSarcina said. “One of the good things is that you have confidence in Barnes, who came up here and pitched well. So has Ranaudo. I would have rather have it that way than wondering, ‘Can this guy pitch?’”
-- Even though the PawSox secured a playoff berth with three games to spare, DiSarcina doesn’t expect a feeling a complacency to take up residence in the clubhouse.
“We have a limited numbers we can rest; it’s not like we have a 40-man roster and we can give guys the day off,” said DiSarcina. “They want to play well going into the playoffs.
-- Regarding the time-honored tradition of seeing the manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox receive a “job well done” seal of approval in the form of a September promotion to Boston, DiSarcina said, “I’ve been told that ‘We’ll see you soon,’ but I don’t know that that means.”
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