Valentine clarifies September roster comments

Valentine clarifies September roster comments

Valentine clarifies September roster comments
TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine took it upon himself Sunday to clear the air about comments he made before Friday's series opener vs. the Blue Jays.

During a pregame scrum with reporters on Friday, Valentine said, "This is the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball. We could use help everywhere."

On Sunday, Valentine clarified what he meant by those statements.

"The other day when I made a comment about our September roster, that wasn't meant to be a criticism of any players or anything in the organization," Valentine explained. "It's a statement of fact because of the injuries and our Triple-A team in the playoffs. This is different. We have less people than most September rosters. We have less positions filled than any September roster I've ever seen before.

"Anybody who thought that to be anything other than a statement of what it was, stand corrected on that."

Boston has been bombarded by injuries this season, and with the PawSox playing in the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday, the Red Sox don't have a lot of players to turn to.

Boston has had 27 different players on the disabled list this season for 34 separate stints, both of which are the most for a Red Sox team since at least 1971, and according to STATS, it is the most for any team in baseball since at least 1987.

Heading into Sunday's finale, Red Sox players have missed 1,415 games due to injury throughout the course of the year. Lefty Franklin Morales and third baseman Will Middlebrooks are out for the season, while David Ortiz and Ryan Sweeney are unlikely to return.

Valentine doesn't view this as a typical September roster due to the lack of depth on the team.

"Usually a September roster has some starting pitchers who are waiting in the wings. Ours doesn't," Valentine said. "Usually a September roster has some left-handed pinch-hitter-type guys, or pinch-runners, five or six outfielders. We have four outfielders.

"It's not like a September roster."