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Clayton Mortensen finally gets word he has made his first major league Opening Day roster

03.30.13 at 12:56 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. ‘€“ Clayton Mortensen has made his first major league Opening Day roster. That has been accompanied with the kind of thrill the 27-year-old expected.

How the big moment transpired, that’€™s another story.

‘€œIt didn’€™t quite happen the way I imagined it would happen, but nonetheless the answer was yes. It makes me happy,’€ he said prior to the Red Sox final spring training game, Saturday afternoon at JetBlue Park.

‘€œYou hear guys where you get called in and they say, ‘€˜You made the team,’€™ and a whole huge thing. I just wasn’€™t sure and I went in (Friday night) and asked Skip [John Farrell], ‘€˜Can I get some confirmation?’€™ And he was like, ‘€˜Yeah. I kind of thought with [Daniel} Bard being sent down you kind of figured it out.’€™ I was like, ‘€˜Yeah, I guess I just needed to hear yes or no.’€™ It was last night after the game. I kind of hung around and just asked him if I needed to bring my suitcase in tomorrow. It was cool. It was fine. When I got home that’€™s when it kind of sunk in a little bit. Once I got everything packed up and ready to go, ‘€˜OK, cool. There’€™s no more guessing game. I’€™m on the team.’€™’€

It had been assumed that Mortensen would make the club after Bard was sent to Double-A Thursday. The Idaho native was out of options, while Bard could be sent to the minors without having to clear waivers.

In seven spring training appearances, Mortensen held opposing hitters to a .194 batting average. This after coming off an effective 2012 campaign with the Red Sox, in which he compiled a 3.21 ERA in 26 appearances, striking out 41 and walking 19.

‘€œComing into camp I felt like I had just as good a chance as anybody,’€ he said. ‘€œI felt like with the year I put up last year, just come in and do my thing and show them I’€™m the same guy. I felt like my chances were good. You always see the numbers game of the guys and you always think about it a little bit, but at the same time, I try not to worry about it.

‘€œJust like last week, nobody told me anything. My situation was still up in the air and I could be going somewhere else just as easily as I could be going to Boston. That was a little taxing. Now that it’€™s over and done with, it’€™s a sigh of relief and now I get ready to go play. It’€™s exciting. First big-league Opening Day roster. It was pretty cool. That’€™s No. 1. I’€™ve been up and down with four different teams, but this is the first one I’€™m breaking camp with the team. It’€™s a nice accomplishment.’€

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