Race to 25: Update on the Red Sox Roster Battles

Sep 9, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly (56) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly (56) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 30, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tommy Layne (59) delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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Sixth Spot in the Bullpen (LHP)

The Red Sox are looking to have two left-handers relievers, but currently only have one in their projected bullpen: Robbie Ross, Jr.  The other spot is going to be filled by either Tommy Layne, who is out of minor league options, and Roenis Elias, who the Red Sox acquired from the Mariners in the Wade Miley trade earlier this offseason.

What happened this week?

Tommy Layne pitched an inning in the Red Sox Spring Training opener against the Twins.  He gave up two hits and one run.  Layne returned to action yesterday to pitch a scoreless inning against the Yankees.  His current stat line is 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

Who won this week?

With Elias yet to get in any work, Layne won the week.  In fact, no other left-handed specialist type has even pitched an inning this Spring.  As of now, Layne, who would have to be designated for assignment or accept an outright to Pawtucket if he did not make the team, looks like the clear-cut favorite.

Next: Seventh Bullpen Spot