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FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox don’t quite have their Opening Day roster selected. But the bullpen is in place and manager Alex Cora thinks it’s just fine.

The Sox will go with Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Colten Brewer, Brian Johnson, Heath Hembree, Tyler Thornburg, Hector Velazquez, and Brandon Workman.

Of that group, only Barnes, Brasier, and Workman were considered worthy of the playoff roster a year ago, although Hembree was added when Steven Wright reinjured his left knee before Game 1 of the Division Series.

The only newcomer is Brewer, a righthander the San Diego Padres did not have room for on their 40-man roster and traded to the Sox in November.


The group has 810 relief appearances in the majors, but only Thornburg (13) and Barnes (2) have any saves.

“Very, very,” Cora said when asked how comfortable he was with the bullpen. “Stuff-wise, we’re good. There are certain guys that, obviously, that are working on a few things.

“Like I’ve been saying all along, we’ve got guys that got stuff: hard throwers, cutters, breaking balls, sinkers. Now it’s up to me and the coaching staff to identify the matchups and use them. I’m very comfortable.”

The Sox have not named a closer and apparently don’t plan to.

“Stay tuned,” Cora said.

The Red Sox optioned lefthander Bobby Poyner and righthander Marcus Walden to Triple A Pawtucket on Saturday and optioned lefthander Darwinzon Hernandez to Double A Portland.

Hernandez, 22, will work as a starter. Cora believes he will contribute to the major league team at some point this season.

The Sox also decided against adding righthander Jenrry Mejia, who was assigned to minor league camp but appeared in eight major league spring training games. He allowed six earned runs over eight innings.

“One thing we found out towards the end is that although people outside our world think we’re short on pitching, we’re not,” Cora said. “We’re going to be fine.”


In limbo

The Sox optioned infielder Tzu-Wei Lin to Pawtucket and assigned catcher Juan Centeno and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez to minor league camp, but they will remain with the major league team through the two games in Arizona against the Cubs on Monday and Tuesday.

The Sox have only two roster concerns remaining. Steve Pearce has not played in a game since March 17 because of a left calf stain. The injury has been slower to heal than was expected and it’s uncertain if he will be ready for Opening Day.

Pearce took batting practice in the cages on Saturday.

“We’re not going to rush him. We’ll decide that [Sunday] or Monday,” Cora said.

The Sox also plan to trade or drop one of their catchers off the roster, likely Sandy Leon or Blake Swihart.

Rotation getting set

Once Chris Sale was pushed back to start against the Pirates on Saturday, Nathan Eovaldi dropped into a minor league game for his final start of spring training.

Facing Single A Twins prospects, Eovaldi allowed one run on four hits over five innings with Christian Vazquez catching. Eovaldi struck out five without a walk and threw 63 pitches. He then threw 15 more in the bullpen.

Rick Porcello will start Monday’s game against the Cubs with Eduardo Rodriguez to follow. David Price starts on Tuesday.

The Sox have not yet set their rotation behind Sale. Eovaldi and Price are candidates for the second game.


Next for Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia was 1 for 3 with a double and played six innings in the field in a 12-3 victory against Pittsburgh. He is 5 of 13 in six games during camp and is scheduled to play Tuesday in Arizona. From there he will return to Fort Myers. Cora said Pedroia would “most likely” join a minor league team the first week of April as he continues to build up innings following knee surgery . . . The final Florida home game of spring training drew a crowd of 10,163. The Sox have sold out 135 consecutive games in Fort Myers, including all 125 at JetBlue Park since it opened in 2012 . . . J.D. Martinez is 8 of 21 in his last eight games after going 0 for 13 in the first five. He has gone 88 plate appearances without a home run in two spring trainings with the Sox.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.