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Why do the Sox have Chris Carter on their roster at all? I like the lefthanded, firstbasemen/(bad) outfielder, hitting machine we got for Wily Mo Pena (who, by the way, was picked up by the Mets after the Nats (yes, the Nats of 100 loses and too many mediocre outfielders)).

That said, if the Sox are not starting him at first base in game one of the double header today, there is not point in having him on the roster. The Twins are starting a righty in game one and a lefty in game two. Why not start Carter at first and move Youk to third for game one, giving Lowell one game off?

Two possible explainations that I don't agree with: game two might get rained out so playing Lowell in game one guarentees that you play him today. Or, playing Youkilis at third in game one and first in game two would be too hard for the Greek God of the Corners.

I don't agree. Basically, you should not carry someone on your ML roster if you won't use him in obvious circumstances, unless you are the Padres and only have 15 players good enought to be on a 25 man roster.

Update 4/23/09
The Sox sent Carter to Pawtucket today. No word yet who will replace him on the major league roster. My guess is that they call up John Van Every. He's a left-handed hitting centerfielder with a good arm who's already on the 40 man roster (unlike fellow older Pawtucket outfielder Chip Ambres who is not a real centerfielder and is not on the 40 man so would require the Sox to waive someone). My only hesitation with Van Every - who played a couple games for the Boston team last year - is that he's fresh off an injury.


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