BOSTON -- John Lackey's right bicep injury has, indirectly, led to an opportunity for Alex Wilson. The reliever was promoted to the big leagues from Pawtucket for the first time Wednesday, replacing Alfredo Aceves in the Red Sox bullpen while Aceves, in turn, takes over Lackey in the starting rotation.
Wilson was chosen out of Texas A&M in the second round in the 2003 draft.
"I'm just trying to come in and provide a consistent arm for them,'' said Wilson, "and fit any role they want me to fit in and help the team win."
Wilson was in spring training with the major-league team and that should ease his transition.
"That's always nice,'' he said. "You're familiar with the guys and the guys are familiar with you. It's not an adjustment period of getting to know people; I'm coming in and I just saw these guys a couple of weeks ago. It's a good experience, something that I'm comfortable with.''
It helped, too, that Wilson had a strong showing in Grapefruit League action, making the most of his opportunity.
"Going through the spring and having the spring I did," he said, "I think I proved not only to myself but to everybody around that I was fully capable of competing here and that's why I intend to do."
Taking the spot vacated by Alfredo Aceves, Wilson isn't accustomed to pitching in long relief. But he has made some multi-inning appearances with Pawtucket.
"I threw two innings the other day (for Pawtucket),'' said Wilson, "and I had several outings where I went at least two innings during spring training, so I could add some length to the club if that's what they want me to do. Short innings, anybody can do it. So it's one of those things where they can kind of use me in any way they want to."
A starter for most of his pro career, Wilson was switched to the bullpen early last season and after a period of adjustment, flourished in the relief role.
"I'm definitely much more comfortable,'' said Wilson. "It's something I had become very comfortable with toward the end of last year and then this spring, it's just kind of continued and and carried over."