BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, outfielder Daniel Nava was optioned to Pawtucket following last night's game. Wilson will be active for tonight's game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park beginning at 7:10 p.m.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
Wilson, 27, is 0-0 with one save and 8.0 scoreless innings over eight appearances for Pawtucket, all in relief. He has given up just four hits and five walks (1 intentional) with nine strikeouts for the PawSox, with no hits allowed in five of his eight outings. Last year, he made his major league debut with 26 games over three stints with the Red Sox, going 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts compared to 14 walks. He did not surrender a home run in 27.2 innings with the big league club. Born in Dhahran, he was the first pitcher from Saudi Arabia to appear in a major league game.
Nava, 31, is 10-for-67 (.149) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, six walks, and seven runs scored in 17 games for the Red Sox this season between right field (15 games, 14 starts), left field (3 games, 1 start), and first base (2 games, 2 starts). In 299 career major league games over parts of four seasons with the Red Sox (2010, 2012-14), the switch-hitter has a .265 batting average (253-for-953) with 66 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs, 128 RBI, and 113 walks.