"We took him out so he would be a candidate for sure," said manager John Farrell. "He and [Anthony] Ranaudo have been throwing the ball well there. But Rubby was shortened for the specific purpose of being a candidate for Wednesday."
When Clay Buchholz was on the disabled list, De La Rosa did a standout job in the rotation, going 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts.
It would not be surprising to see De La Rosa become a regular member of Boston's rotation at some point in the near future.
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