|Jose Abreu -- one of the few Sox veterans left|
Roster churn is an inevitable part of rebuilding, but because it happens gradually, fans don't always realize how stark the changes have been.
For instance, did you know that only 12 of the players on the Sox's current 25-man roster were with the team on Opening Day? More than half of these guys we're watching now were in the minor leagues, on the disabled list or elsewhere when the season began April 3.
Here are the 12 "survivors," if you will:
That's it. Here's a rundown on what has happened to the 13 "other" guys:
On the disabled list:
Demoted to the minor leagues:
This list of others doesn't even include Tommy Kahnle, who started the year in the minors before getting called up and pitching well enough to be traded to the New York Yankees.
And I'll bet quite a few people have forgotten that Asche still exists at this point.
And, of those 12 guys who have been with the Sox all year, seven of them -- both Garcias, Petricka, Shields, Gonzalez, Saladino and Covey -- have spent time on the disabled list.
Yes indeed, this is one of those years where you have to be a die-hard fan to know which 25 guys are on the Sox roster at any given moment.