Red Sox to convert PawSox' Wilson to reliever

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Red Sox to convert PawSox' Wilson to reliever

MINNEAPOLIS -- This time of year, it's difficult to make a lot of trades to address needs.

Perhaps with that in mind, the Red Sox are attempting to find some internal solutions to their bullpen issues. They've converted former Pawtucket starter Alex Wilson to a relief role, effective Tuesday.

"The way I look at it is an opportunity right now," Wilson told Pawtucket radio broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith. "I talked with management and they said that's where they'd like to see me. I'm going to take the opportunity and run with it."

Wilson pitched in relief in his junior season at Texas A&M, so this is not unfamiliar territory for him.

"Outside of my first eight games which were starts," he said, "I came out of the pen and had some real good success. I'm not that far removed from it, I'll be able to remember after a game or two what to do."

If things click quickly for Wilson, it could speed his path to the big leagues, not unlike what happened to Daniel Bard in 2009.

Wilson was the Red Sox' second-round pick in 2009 and has one of the best fastballs in the system. He throws it at 94-96 mph and can occasionally reach back and get it up to 98 mph.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot