The Red Sox informed righthanded reliever Zack Kelly that he made the Opening Day roster during a team meeting Sunday morning.
“Zack will be with us,” manager Alex Cora said. “We just talked to him.”
For the 28-year-old Kelly, Thursday will mark his first Opening Day on a big league roster. Kelly made his big-league debut in September. He had a 3.95 ERA in 13⅔ innings after his call up and holds a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings this spring.
“We will use him in a multi-inning [role],” Cora said. “He’ll be one of those guys with [Josh Winckowski] in the bullpen. We feel very confident with him.”
The Red Sox also announced first baseman Triston Casas has made his first Opening Day roster.
Alex Cora met with Triston Casas and Zack Kelly to tell them they made the team.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 26, 2023
Not necessarily a surprise in either case. But it's special when a player makes an Opening Day roster for the first time.
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