Aug 19, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo (right) along with bench coach Dana LeVangie (58) before the game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The last full month of the summer is winding to a close. The warm weather will soon be replaced by a brisk autumn breeze, the leaves will begin to change into a collage of bright colors and children will begrudgingly head back to school. As the calendar flips to September it brings with it one other annual tradition – MLB roster expansion.
Teams are typically limited to a 25-man roster during the season, but as of September 1 they will be allowed to add anyone from their 40-man roster. While that doesn’t necessarily mean that teams will call up 15 players from the minor leagues as soon as the month begins, we should expect to see some new faces joining the Red Sox in the upcoming weeks.
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With the minor league schedules ending weeks ahead of the big league schedule, many players from those minor league squads will get the chance to extend their season with a September call-up. This can include young prospects looking to get their feet wet with their first taste of the majors or veterans that have taken frequent rides back and forth on the shuttle between Pawtucket and Boston.
September call-ups allow teams to fortify their roster with added depth to reduce wear and tear on their starters or protect them in the event of injury. Contending teams use this opportunity to give some of their stars some extra rest down the stretch to ensure they are fresh for a potential postseason run. Teams like the Red Sox won’t need to worry about saving anyone for October, but they can use this upcoming month as a chance to get a look at some players that could potentially factor into their plans for next year’s roster.
Here’s a look at some of the options most likely to receive a September call-up from the Red Sox.
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