Notes: Final roster taking shape

Notes: Opening Day roster taking shape

SARASOTA, Fla. -- For paperwork reasons, the Red Sox won't submit their final roster for a few more days. However, for all practical purposes, the 25 men who will start the season with the team in Texas on April 3 know who they are.

The 11 pitchers are: Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett, Matt Clement, Keith Foulke, Mike Timlin, Julian Tavarez, Jonathan Papelbon, Rudy Seanez, David Riske and Lenny DiNardo.

Jason Varitek and Josh Bard will be the catchers. The infielders are David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, J.T. Snow, Mark Loretta, Alex Cora, Alex Gonzalez and Mike Lowell. And the five outfielders are Manny Ramirez, Coco Crisp, Trot Nixon, Wily Mo Pena and Adam Stern.

By making two roster moves on Tuesday -- hard-throwing righties Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket -- and having one player claimed off waivers from the Royals (Tony Graffanino), the Sox now have 35 players left in camp.

Left-hander David Wells will open the season on the disabled list, but he will be activated for his first start on April 12.

Several veterans who won't start the season with the team but remain on the roster for the time being all know where they stand, including Enrique Wilson, Dustan Mohr, Ken Huckaby and Willie Harris.

Mohr, who became expendable after the Red Sox landed Pena, has an out in his contract. But there's a chance he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. Wilson doesn't have an out, so he could wind up in Pawtucket. Harris stands a strong chance of landing back on the Major League roster once Stern fulfills his final 17 days of Rule 5 Draft eligibility on the Major League roster. After losing the backup catching spot to Bard, there's a good chance Huckaby will catch at Pawtucket.

"The cars are on the truck and everything, I wanted everybody to know where they're going and the possibilities and all that stuff," said Francona.

The only player who is in a little bit of limbo is first baseman Hee-Seop Choi, who was claimed off waivers at the end of last week from the Dodgers.

Francona hasn't had a chance to speak with Choi yet, but it's all but certain he will start the season at Triple-A. The Red Sox already have two first basemen in Youkilis and Snow.

Choi tweaked his left hamstring during Tuesday's game against the Reds, and he'll be examined on Wednesday.

Clement fired up: Despite the less-than-spectacular stat line, Clement (5 1/3 innings, six hits, four earned runs, three walks, six strikeouts) was ecstatic with how he threw the ball in his start on Tuesday against the Reds.

"To me, that was the first time I thought I threw like I want to throw since I've been in a Red Sox uniform. I was very happy," said Clement. "I threw my sinker and slider, and I can't remember throwing too many bad sinkers the whole night, and commanding it to right-handers. I think I used a cutter once the last three innings.

"To me, to throw and feel like I did not using cutters ... I feel like I have a lot more weapons now than I've had. That's about as good as I've felt. The way the ball came out of my hand is what I like to see when it comes out of my hand."

His manager was equally pleased.

"Fastball, slider -- his ball was explosive, it was moving," said Francona. "The umpire said it, I saw it. I was thrilled. This is one of those days you can chalk it up to losing a Spring Training game and going home with a big smile on your face, because he threw the [heck] out of the ball. That's good to see. He knows it, I know it, it's good."

Coco goes deep: Crisp, who has been Boston's best hitter throughout camp, accomplished the one thing that was missing from his prolific Grapefruit League campaign. He belted his first home run in a Red Sox uniform, a solo shot to left in the top of the ninth.

Ramirez launched a solo shot in the second, his third homer of the spring.

No word from MLB: A day after Tavarez was ejected for throwing a couple of punches at Devil Rays outfielder Joey Gathright, the Red Sox had yet to receive word from Major League Baseball regarding disciplinary action.

Tavarez, upset by some of the accounts of the fracas, told reporters back in Fort Myers that he's done speaking to the media.

"No mas," Tavarez told The Associated Press.

Arroyo ready for reunion: Just eight days after being traded to the Reds, Bronson Arroyo reunited with the Red Sox before Tuesday's game. He'll have a chance to pitch against them on Thursday at City of Palms Park.

"It's always fun to throw against your old teammates," Arroyo said.

He is getting acclimated to his new team.

"I'm pretty much getting into the swing of things with these guys, working with [Jason] LaRue and trying to get comfortable like I was with Varitek," Arroyo said.

On deck: In his final tuneup before Opening Day, Schilling takes the ball on Wednesday against the Pirates at City of Palms Park at 1:05 p.m. ET. The Pirates will counter with lefty Oliver Perez.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.