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Red Sox finalize roster

April 1, 1997

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox reduced their roster to 25 players after Monday’s 5-2 spring training loss to the New York Mets, but left the door open for further changes.

``There’s something being worked on,″ Manager Jimy Williams said.

Veteran reliever Jim Corsi was left off the roster but remained in limbo as the team took a bus from Las Vegas to Anaheim, Calif., in preparation for Wednesday’s opener against the Angels.

``He’s not just going along for the ride,″ Williams said. ``If something changes, he’s a possibility to be added to the roster.″

Corsi is on a minor league contract and could be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Without Corsi, that leaves Rick Trlicek, a non-roster member who was invited to spring training, and Pat Mahomes as right-handed setup men in the Boston bullpen.

Trlicek was added to the major league roster Sunday.

Williams also kept three left-handers for his bullpen: Vaughn Eshelman, Chris Hammond and Butch Henry.

Also added to the major league roster was former Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen, who was then placed on the disabled list.

Right-handers Robinson Checo, Rich Garces and Mark Brandenburg were also placed on the disabled list. The Red Sox also assigned infielders Mike Benjamin and Tony Rodriguez, outfielder Jesus Tavarez and rookie right-handers Mike Blais and Brett Cederblad to Pawtucket.

Right-hander Carlos Valdez was optioned to Pawtaucket and infielder Randy Brown was assigned to Double-A Trenton.

``I like our club. I really do,″ Williams said.

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