De La Rosa showed his stuff in Houston

De La Rosa showed his stuff in Houston
August 8, 2013, 9:45 am
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HOUSTON -- He was the prized prospect, the highly-regarded right arm coming back to the Red Sox in the blockbuster trade last August that allowed the team to reset its organizational compass. Rubby De La Rosa was the one that had to be included to get the deal done
 
Reports on his ability were glowing. A high 90s fastball. An impressive slider. Swing-and-miss stuff. The question, though: When would he get to the Sox?  After Tommy John surgery in August 2011, the Sox were cautious with him in spring training and early in the season.
 
He was called up June 14, but sent back the next day without making an appearance. He was called up again on Aug. 3. But it wasn’t until Tuesday night that he finally made his Red Sox debut in the ninth inning with the Sox leading the Astros 15-10.
 
He threw 16 pitches, getting two strikeouts -- one on a slider, the other on a 98-mph fastball to end the game.
 
In 20 appearances, all starts, with Triple-A Pawtucket this season he posted a record of 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA. In 76 2/3 innings he allowed 36 earned runs, nine home runs, 42 walks, and 74 strikeouts. He was an International League All-Star, and had a 21.0-inning scoreless streak from June 8–July 2. Over a 12-start span from April 23–July 2, he posted a 1.05 ERA, giving up six earned runs in 51 2/3 innings.
 
“It’s the first time he’s come to us, the first time he’s pitched at the big-league level in season,” said manager John Farrell. “So, that first impression, even though we saw him in spring training, the fact is in shorter stints . . . I thought he did a great  job of channeling. The adrenaline that I’m sure was there last night. With that kind of power, and with three pitches that he showed inside of an inning, it was very encouraging.”
 
While the Sox have been cautious in bringing him along after elbow surgery, in his current role he likely won’t be limited in pitch counts.

“Coming out of the bullpen he would be available for the remainder  of the year,” Farrell said.
 
However, he has not yet been used in back-to-back days.
 
“Staying consistent with what we’ve done with other guys, as they pitch and gain confidence, their responsibility will grow,” Farrell said. “But when you grade out their stuff, they can pitch anywhere.
 
“He has the potential of really giving us a shot, no pun intended.”