BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, outfielder Daniel Nava was optioned to Pawtucket. De La Rosa will wear No. 62 and will start for Boston in tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, which begins at 7:15 p.m.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
De La Rosa, 25, is 2-3 with a 3.04 ERA (18 ER/53.1 IP), 52 strikeouts and just 42 hits allowed in 10 appearances for the PawSox, all starts. The right-hander has the best strikeout rate (8.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings), WHIP (1.22), and opponent batting average (.218) among Pawtucket's starting pitchers. He last pitched this past Saturday in Syracuse and held the Nationals affiliate scoreless in 6.0 innings, his eighth of 10 starts this season allowing no more than two earned runs. De La Rosa was acquired by Boston on August 25, 2012 as part of a nine-player trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 25 career major league appearances (10 starts) between the Dodgers (2011-12) and Red Sox (2013), he is 4-7 with a 4.21 ERA (34 ER/72.2 IP) and 66 strikeouts.
Nava, 31, appeared in five games for Boston during a second stint with the team after being recalled last Saturday. Overall, the switch-hitter has played in 22 games for the Red Sox this year, batting .130 (10-for-77) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, and seven walks while appearing defensively in right field (17 games, 15 starts), left field (3 games, 1 start), and first base (4 games, 3 starts). With the PawSox this season, Nava has hit .253 (21-for-83) with three doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBI in 24 games.