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Get the playpen and sandbox ready. Here come the kids.

The good news regarding the timing of the Manny injury is that we are 2 days away from September, the season of the call-up. Bobby Kielty is banged up as well; Youk winced when he slid in to third yesterday; and it's starting to feel like we're on the verge seeing last year's triage unit again. At least we'll soon have Jacoby, Brandon Moss and Jed Lowrie (right) as options on the bench (maybe Kottaras as well, though we'll already have 3 catchers). And we'll also have veteran additions like Mirabelli off the DL, Royce Clayton (ouch), and maybe sup-sub Joe McEwing. Since I'm on this topic let me go on the record that I hope we call up Bobby Scales. He can play outfield or infield (remember his great plays in the spring?) and he has never played in the majors after 8 years in the minors. I want to see this guys get his Moonlight Graham moment, if nothing else.

In the bullpen, we'll probably see Buchholz, lefty Craig Breslow, and maybe even a Craig Hanson. How about a return of Matt Clement? I'd like to see it. Perhaps he can throw some junk innings then start the last game of the season.

The active MLB rosters can expand to up to 40 players on Sept. 1st. Anyone on the 40 man roster can be play for the Sox. In order to add someone to the 40 man roster - like my man Bobby Scales - , someone else has to be dropped. One spot on the 40 man should be easy to open: put Brendan Donnelly on the 60 day DL. Lowrie, Moss, Ellsbury, Breslow, Buchholz and Hanson are already on there so that's not an issue. If my count is right, there is currently one available spot on the roster. I'm going to name it: Bobby's spot. Now it sounds adorable.

While there are definite benefits to bringing up a young prospect to the majors, there are a few drawbacks as well. I'm not sure exactly how the arbitration eligibility thing works and other aspects of the CBA, but I know that the clock starts ticking once the young guns step into the major leagues. Also, there is some fee or salary adjustment associated with the call-up (I can't for the life of me find details). I don't think it's large enough to significantly effect Boston's decisions. There's also the issue of physical space and personalities in the Sox clubhouse which can limit who and how many players are called up. You don't bring up an Izzy Alcantra in Sept. on a winning team to sit on the bench and kick catchers. You also don't want 15 more people in the small old Fenway clubhouses.

Here's my lineup on Sept. 30th if the Sox clinch beforehand:
CF Ellsbury
2B Cora
DH Kielty
1B Hinskie
RF Moss
SS Lowrie
C Cash
3B McEwing
LF Scales
P Buchholz


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