Red Sox send down Allen Webster, Alfredo Aceves; call up Pedro Beato, Steven Wright
|07.10.13 at 10:16 pm ET|
The Red Sox made a pair of moves to reinforce their bullpen after Allen Webster left 6 2/3 innings for his relievers to manage on Tuesday night. The team optioned both Webster (who lasted just 2 1/3 innings) and Alfredo Aceves (who pitched just 2/3 of an inning in relief of Webster) to Triple-A Pawtucket and called up right-handers Steven Wright and Pedro Beato.
Webster is now 1-2 with a 9.57 ERA in six starts this year. He’s the only pitcher in the majors with two starts of fewer than three innings and seven or more earned runs allowed. Rather than keep him in the rotation and on turn for a start on Sunday, the Sox elected to send him down to provide more of a safety net with its relief corps. The team has yet to make a decision about who will start on Sunday, but manager John Farrell said that both Brandon Workman and Wright would be considerations — though not necessarily the only ones.
“Depending on how much Workman is used, even though we’ve brought him here to work out of the bullpen, if he pitches tonight, he would be a candidate,” Farrell told reporters in Seattle. “Steven Wright would be a candidate. That’s not omitting anyone that might be on turn at Pawtucket.”
Farrell said that while Aceves has been dealing with some soreness in his side, he was available both to pitch deeper into Wednesday’s game than the two outs he recorded and added that “he is not injured.” Still, because he pitched on Tuesday, there were questions about whether Aceves could offer a potential multi-innings relief security blanket, so he was sent down.
Wright, 28, rejoins the Red Sox for his second stint in the majors this season. The knuckleballer made his major league debut for Boston in relief on April 23 against Oakland at Fenway Park. With Pawtucket this year, he has gone 4-5 with a 3.81 ERA. He has thrown 17.2 scoreless innings over his last three appearances, which included a nine-inning shutout on July 1 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The 26-year-old Beato begins his third major league stint of the year with Boston. He has made three relief appearances for the Red Sox in 2013, all of which were scoreless. At Pawtucket, he was 5-3 with two saves, a 2.18 ERA 18 walks, and 34 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.
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