BOSTON -- The Red Sox called up right-hander Rubby De La Rosa for Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park, while sending Pedro Beato down to Triple-A Pawtucket.
De La Rosa was 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA as a starter in Triple-A Pawtucket this season. Red Sox manager John Farrell explained the move before Saturday's game.
"Given what we've gone through the last couple of days, in the event of something unforeseen, this was Rubby's fifth day," said Farrell. "He was scheduled for a start. So I felt like we needed to cover ourselves, if we needed a guy to go four or five innings. Out of just something unforeseen, more than anything. And something that we've talked about, trying to get him here and see him work out of the bullpen."
De La Rosa has showed some signs of struggle as of late in Pawtucket, but Farrell is looking at the big picture with the highly touted 24-year-old.
"Lately, first couple of innings, first three innings of his last start were strong," said Farrell. "And then, I'm not going to say the game got away from him, but there were some inconsistencies with overall command.
"Based on what he had done for the better part of the year, in addition to the calendar, it was time, I think, to get him here, and take a look at his role."
That role was somewhat predetermined in spring training, with 2014 also in mind.
"Coming out of spring training, there was a pretty clear cut plan on how we were going to increase his innings load," said Farrell. "To keep him, one, as an option in the rotation. And two, if we got to this point, is he a candidate to go to the bullpen? And having enough innings pitched, that, if he does finish the year as a reliever, it wouldn't be a huge jump next year, if he goes back to the rotation."
De La Rosa has seen plenty of relievers in the Red Sox organization called up ahead of him this season. But Farrell was adamant on Saturday, that this call-up wasn't about De La Rosa being upset about that.
"I think it's probably human nature, that, here's a guy that's pitched in the big leagues already, he's coming off of surgery, he sees a number of guys that might have gone past him or got the call before he did," said Farrell.
"This recall wasn't about feelings, let's make the first and foremost clear. This is a guy that's got tremendous stuff, that fills a need that we have right now."
- Clay Buchholz increased his intensity yesterday, throwing long toss, feeling good about his crow hop, and working some breaking balls into flat-ground work. He'll ramp it up again on Sunday.
- Reliever Alex Wilson had good velocity yesterday in Pawtucket, consistent with the velocity he showed with Boston. He is scheduled for two innings on Monday, and then will be re-evaluated further.
- Franklin Morales' original plan was to pitch back-to-back innings today and tomorrow. But that plan has changed. Morales will now throw 30-35 pitches in one outing today, regardless of how many innings that takes.
- David Ross caught bullpen work and took batting practice on Saturday. The Red Sox are hopeful that he'll begin a rehab assignment by the end of next week. But he'll have one more checkup with Dr. Collins beforehand.