Sox make first cuts; Britton to Double-A

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have made their first roster cuts of spring, optioning left-handed pitcher Drake Britton to Double-A Portland and reassigning infielder/outfielder Justin Henry and shortstop Deven Marrero to minor-league camp.

The Sox still have 57 players in camp, including 17 non-roster invitees.

Britton has rebounded nicely from 2011 season in which he went 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA for Salem in the Carolina League to emerge as a future candidate to pitch in the big leagues. He made 16 starts for the Sea Dogs last season, going 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA, striking out 76 batters in 84 2/3 innings, so chances are if he pitches well early a promotion to Pawtucket will be in the offing. He appeared in two games here, giving up five hits and three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Henry, 27, came to the Sox from the Tigers in a minor-league deal, and was a career .293 hitter in the Tigers' minor-league system. He had a hit in eight at-bats here, and projects to wind up in Pawtucket. Marrero, meanwhile, was the team's No. 1 draft pick last June and became the first position player since catcher Scott Hatteberg to be invited to big-league camp after his first season in pro ball. Marrero regularly worked out with fellow prospects Jose Iglesias and Xander Bogaerts in drills, and singled in two at-bats in exhibition play.