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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:34

Boston Red Sox Call Up RHP Alex Wilson, Option Daniel Nava

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After two straight rough outings by Boston Red Sox pitching, they found themselves in dire need of more pitching. Boston's first choices on the list to call up Brandon Workman, Rubby De La Rosa, and Drake Britton were all unavailable, so they were forced to go further down the depth charts. Given that the next two options were Allen Webster and Alex Wilson, Boston picked Wilson out of those two. This is because Alex Wilson pitched in 26 games for the Red Sox last year, all in relief, whereas Allen Webster has just one career MLB game in relief. In response, Boston optioned outfielder Daniel Nava to AAA Pawtucket. Nava, 31, has struggled so far this season batting .149 in 17 games along with a .240 OBP.


So far this season, Alex Wilson has looked better than he has in years past as he has pitched eight scoreless innings in eight appearances while fanning nine and walking five batters. Tonight, expect Boston to use Wilson out of the bullpen, especially if John Lackey has a rough night. The benefit of Alex Wilson the the Red Sox bullpen is the fact that he can go multiple innings if needed to do so. Wilson could be optioned to Pawtucket as soon as tomorrow, but will likely go back down when Shane Victorino returns to the big league club. Daniel Nava who was optioned to AAA Pawtucket, was not deserving of his demotion whether or not ownership agrees. Despite how much Daniel Nava has struggled, Grady Sizemore has played significantly worse as of late. In his past week of baseball in 22 at-bats, Sizemore has accumulated just one hit whereas Nava is three for his last 21 in the past seven days, along with three free passes. Although it is unjustified to say Grady Sizemore should have been released, other arrangements could have been made. Grady Sizemore still has a Minor League option meaning he could be sent down without being DFA'd. The most disappointing part of this all, is the fact that Boston trusts a new player over one of their most dependable players from the season before. Daniel Nava boasted a .385 OBP on a World Series team and he got the boot over a guy who had not played in the big leagues since 2011. Follow me on Twitter @CLNS_Tom