Sox not sure who'll get promoted in September

Sox not sure who'll get promoted in September

BOSTON -- Rosters expand to 40 Saturday when the Red Sox are in Oakland, but manager Bobby Valentine hasn't had much time to go over potential new faces.

"I talked with [assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran] just generally about a week ago," Valentine said. "What it should look like. No names."

The Triple-A PawSox had a half-game lead for the International League's only Wild Card spot entering Monday, at 73-63 in the 140-game schedule. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are on their heels, with the next three closest teams ranging between four and 5 1/2 games back.

The International League regular season runs through Sept. 3, and if the PawSox make the playoffs, the organization may elect to keep most of that team together until the run is over.

Jose Iglesias, Pawtucket's shortstop this season, has been in the Majors for three days, but he hasn't started yet. Valentine said the rest could actually do Iglesias good, despite the common thought that a developing player needs regular time in the field.

"He's going to try to help us. He's here to help us win games when needed," Valentine said. "Probably needed the rest."