The Red Sox made a wise move tonight, activating Paul Byrd for the ALDS and shelving Manny Delcarmen for the series. Byrd figures to be long man out of the pen, someone the Sox can turn to if they need someone to eat up valuable innings should a starter go down or be terribly ineffective. Delcarmen did nothing over the final games to show he belongs as anything other than a garbage time pitcher.
Jed Lowrie will also be on the ALDS roster, as Nick Green will not be on, due to his leg problems. The Sox are also bringing Gil Velasquez to California as an emergency backup infielder, and interesting choice over Chris Woodward, who has more MLB time that velasquez does.
No decision has yet been made on the backup outfielder positions, and the Sox have until tomorrow morning to make those choices. Rocco Baldelli, Joey Gathright and Brian Anderson are fighting for those two spots.