Red Sox calling up Rubby De La Rosa, optioning Alex Wilson
|06.14.13 at 11:47 am ET|
With the Red Sox bullpen depleted once again following Thursday night’s 13-inning, 5-4 loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox are summoning Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket. De La Rosa, who has been starting all year in Triple-A, will be available to the Sox out of the bullpen, according to a major league source. To clear a spot, right-hander Alex Wilson — who took the loss despite pitching well, allowing one run in 2 2/3 innings — was optioned back to Pawtucket after Thursday’s loss.
De La Rosa is 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 11 starts (38 1/3 innings) with the PawSox this year. Most of those outings have been with restricted workloads, as the Sox have been proceeding carefully with the 24-year-old given that a) he is pitching his first full, healthy season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2011 and b) he has never thrown more than 111 innings in a minor league season. Still, he’s been making steady progress within those strictures, working a season-high five innings in just 70 pitches in his most recent outing.
In his last eight outings dating to April 23, De La Rosa has a 1.14 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 14 walks in 31 2/3 innings. His ability to garner strikeouts in volume has fluctuated — Saturday marked the second time in three outings that he had just one punchout — but in an interesting suggestion that, in contrast to his early-season struggles, the 24-year-old is now showing the ability to execute consistently, he has allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his last eight starts.
De La Rosa, acquired from the Dodgers as part of last August’s blockbuster deal, is 4-5 with a 3.91 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 33 walks in 61 1/3 innings in the big leagues in 2010 and 2011.
This year in Pawtucket, he’s been working with what PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur describes as a plus fastball (typically 92-98 mph), a plus-plus changeup with “ridiculous sink on it, that the hitters get very ugly swings on,” and a slider that Sauveur suggests has “improved a ton” that projects as a plus pitch as well. Sauveur noted that Pedro Martinez played a considerable role in helping to get De La Rosa on the right track after a difficult start to the season.
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