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    Projecting the Red Sox roster

    Will Jackie Bradley Jr. make the Red Sox roster?
    Elise Amendola/AP
    Will Jackie Bradley Jr. make the Red Sox roster?

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox break camp on March 30 and head for New York, where the season begins on April 1. With just over a week left before that flight, let’s take a look at where the roster stands.

    ROTATION (5)

    LHP Jon Lester

    RHP Clay Buchholz


    RHP Ryan Dempster

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    LHP Felix Doubront

    RHP John Lackey

    Breakdown: Same as it ever was. The Sox lined these guys up from the start and that is how it has stayed. Barring injury, nobody really had a chance to break into this group. This quintet has a 2.52 ERA in spring training with Lester and Buchholz (33 1/3 IP, 3 ER) particularly impressive. The depth group in Pawtucket will have Allen Webster, Chris Hernandez, Steven Wright and Terry Doyle. By summer, maybe Rubby De La Rosa, too.

    BULLPEN (7)

    RHP Joel Hanrahan


    RHP Andrew Bailey

    RHP Koji Uehara

    LHP Andrew Miller

    RHP Junichi Tazawa

    RHP Clayton Mortensen


    RHP Alfredo Aceves

    Breakdown: Daniel Bard is well down the road of shedding the woes that wrecked last season. But he’s not all the way there yet and does have options, so look for him to start the year in Pawtucket. There are four solid set-up guys in this group and multi-inning types in Mortensen and Aceves. The spot starter would be Aceves.

    LINEUP (9)

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury

    DH/LF Daniel Nava

    2B Dustin Pedroia

    1B Mike Napoli

    3B Will Middlebrooks

    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    LF/DH Jonny Gomes

    RF Shane Victorino

    SS Jose Iglesias

    Breakdown: Unless David Ortiz is going to miss months instead of weeks (and that doesn’t seem to be the case), it’s hard to make a good case for Jackie Bradley Jr. Fun as it would be, it makes more sense to fill in the gaps and let the phenom develop some more in Pawtucket. But if the Sox are scuffling two weeks in, JBJ could get the call. The Sox will shuffle the DH spot around a bit. They like what they have seen of Nava, even batting righthanded. Victorino will hit second against lefties and Gomes will move up.

    BENCH (4)

    C David Ross

    INF Pedro Ciriaco

    OF Ryan Sweeney

    1B-LF Mike Carp

    Breakdown: Ross and Ciriaco are locks. Sweeney gives them defensive coverage at all three spots in the outfield. Carp can handle first when Napoli is the DH or gets day off.


    LHP Craig Breslow (shoulder)

    SS Stephen Drew (concussion)

    OF Ryan Kalish (shoulder)

    LHP Franklin Morales (back)

    DH David Ortiz (right foot)

    Breakdown: Drew will be the fastest of the bunch to return, or should be, as he has started baseball activities. In theory, he could miss one game because his DL stint can be backdated. Ortiz looks like a late April/early May return. Morales is throwing again and may only miss a few weeks of the season. Breslow has yet to take the mound. We could be looking at a month. Kalish, if he is fortunate, will get in some minor league games by the end of the season. He is recovering from surgery.