Boston calls up De La Rosa, sends down Wilson

Boston calls up De La Rosa, sends down Wilson

Boston calls up De La Rosa, sends down Wilson

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox made two more moves on Friday to give their tired bullpen some help heading into the weekend.

Boston called up right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket to take the spot of right-hander Alex Wilson, who threw 2 2/3 innings of relief in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles but was sent back down on Friday.

Boston strained its already overused bullpen in Thursday's game, as manager John Farrell needed to use five relievers in the 13-inning contest.

De La Rosa, obtained in last summer's big trade with the Dodgers, gives the Red Sox someone who can throw for a longer time if needed.

"[He] can give us multiple innings in the event that something unforeseen happens early in the game," Farrell said before Friday's game. "He's stretched out to 75, 80 [pitches]. He was the most fresh one on the roster that we could go and tap into to add to a bullpen that obviously has been taxed of late."

De La Rosa had a 0-1 record and 3.29 ERA at Pawtucket. He pitched 38 1/3 innings in 11 games, all starts, and held opponents to a .188 average in those games. But now he'll be pitching out of the bullpen.

De La Rosa appeared in 14 Major League games with the Dodgers -- 10 starts -- and has a 4-5 record. He has worked with Pedro Martinez to find more success at this level.

"I'm so excited," De La Rosa said. "I can't wait for tonight. I think I can do it."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.