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Friday, 14 June 2013 21:49

Boston Red Sox call up pitcher De La Rosa, option Wilson

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Associated Press

According to a report from WEEI’s Alex Speier, the Boston Red Sox have called up pitcher Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket.  He has served the role of starting pitcher for the Pawsox all year, but will be coming out of the bullpen for the Local Nine.  For Pawtucket this season,  he has compiled a 0-1 record with a 3.29 ERA in 11 starts that span 38 1/3 innings.

To make room for De La Rosa right-hander Alex Wilson was optioned to Pawtucket following Thursday’s game, a 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.  He performed admirably in Thursday’s game, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings of work.

De La Rosa has had an impressive stretch as of late.  Beginning on April 23, he has notched a 1.14 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 14 walks in 31 2/3 innings. In terms of big league experience, he is 4-5 with a 3.91 ERA tallying 60 strikeouts and 33 walks in 61 2/3 innings split between 2010 and 2011.  He was part of the blockbuster trade last August that sent Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After suffering early-season struggles Red Sox pitching legendPedro Martinez tutored De La Rosa down in Pawtucket and as pitching coach Rich Sauveur noted, Martinez left a positive impression on the young pitcher.

It was great having [Martinez] there. I really think the Pedro thing, talking to De La, it really set in. I saw a difference in him the first outing after Pedro was there, and he stuck with it. … There was absolutely nothing bad that could come out of that. It was all going to be good,” said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur recently. “We just wanted him to talk to him, explain to him that, hey, we’re thinking about you. Look what we’re doing — we have Pedro Martinez in this organization. We wanted him to talk to him and say, we’re here for you.

Now, he will have a chance to make a name for himself in the same setting that mentor Martinez did: on the legendary Fenway mound. Here is to hoping that the righty can make a positive contribution and shore up the back end of the Boston bullpen.