Notes: Sox call up Villareal for 'fresh arm'

Notes: Sox call up Villareal for 'fresh arm'
August 19, 2013, 9:45 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Xander Bogaerts wasn't the only player promoted from the Pawtucket roster -- just the most well-known.
      
In a flurry of roster moves, the Red Sox also brought up reliever Brayan Villareal, obtained three weeks ago in the trade that brought them Jake Peavy.
      
Villareal replaced Rubby de la Rosa, who was optioned back to Pawtucket.
      
"Given what we had to come through the last couple of nights out of the bullpen," said John Farrell, "we needed a guy who had the ability to pitch a couple of innings, a fresh arm. Rubby going down is more a matter of getting fresh arm here. Villarreal, over the last couple of outings at Pawtucket, has started to throw the ball consistent with where he was a couple of years ago.
      
"The thumb issue he dealt with in the past is behind him. It's a power arm that has had some success in the big leagues."
     
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The Sox hadn't heard anything from Major League Baseball regarding possible disciplinary action toward Ryan Dempster. Dempster first threw behind Alex Rodriguez Sunday night in the first inning, then hit him, triggering hot tempers and the ejection of Yankee manager Joe Girardi.
      
"I don't expect them to do anything," said Farrell. "Certainly, they're going to review and deem what's necessary. Some are going to take the viewpoint that it was intentional; I don't see it that way. I said (Sunday) night, during the broadcast and after the game, Ryan's got to establish his fastball. He's got to establish it in against certain righthanded hitters.
      
"His slider and split are critical to him and if he has righthanded hitters leaning out over the plate....we saw two at-bats later what could happen: that ball gets driven out to center field (for a homer). So he's got to earn his part of the plate in so he has the ability to go away at some point. Unfortunately, the 3-and-0 pitch got away from him.
      
"Again, my view is it wasn't intentinonal. So I'm not the one making the decision or reviewing it. I can express my opinion and state what I saw, which was exactly that. I didn't see it as being intentional.''

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With Brock Holt optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Xander Bogaerts, Farrell said Will Middlebrooks will serve as the team's emergency backup behind Dustin Pedroia at second base . . . Mike Napoli, who's suffering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot, is "making progress," according to Farrell, who indicated that Napoli could play first base on Tuesday night.

"He's responding well to the treatment," said Farrell.