After seven long years pitching in the minor leagues and going through Tommy John Surgery in 2008, Jose De La Torre will finally get his chance to pitch in the majors. On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox optioned pitcher Allen Webster, who struggled against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday allowing eight runs in less than two innings, to make room for De La Torre.
Since being acquired from the Cleveland Indians last July for utility infielder/outfielder Brent Lillibridge, De La Torre has spent his time pitching for Triple-A Pawtucket and has been a vital part in their bullpen since then. Last season, he helped the Pawsox win their first Governor’s Cup Title since 1984 by allowing just five runs over 19 innings for Pawtucket last summer. He also racked up two saves and has followed up his strong 2012 campaign with a strong 2013. In 10 games pitched this season, De La Torre has a 1.56 ERA in 17.1 innings while producing a 17/10 strikeout to walk ratio.
It is unknown what kind of role out of the bullpen the 27 year old pitcher from Puerto Rico will provide for the Red Sox but his versatility as a relief pitcher will help this team. For the Pawsox, he has served as the closer, setup man and as a long relief pitcher. With this kind of versatility that De La Torre presents, will help the Red Sox if they needed him in a certain situation during the game.
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