FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While it is inevitable that Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford (left wrist) will open the season on the disabled list, there is no telling who will wind up with his roster spot.
Cody Ross, Ryan Sweeney and Darnell McDonald will share the playing time in left and right fields. Catcher Kelly Shoppach and utility infielder Nick Punto are the reserves who are sure to make the roster. Manager Bobby Valentine has kept an open mind on what do regarding the other spot.
Lars Anderson, Jason Repko and Nate Spears are all under consideration. Valentine has also said the Red Sox could take 13 pitchers for a short time.
"That roster spot could be either a pitcher, a utility player, it could be an outfielder," Valentine said. "It could conceivably be anything we want it to be -- anything other than maybe a starting pitcher. A lot of guys are doing real well, and when it comes down to about a week from today, we'll make a determination on how to start to see something."