Britton: Red Sox to call up Rubby De La Rosa

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox are set to call up Rubby De La Rosa, giving the highly-touted prospect his first big league experience as a member of the organization.

According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Rubby De La Rosa will join the Red Sox for Friday night's game against the Orioles.

The move is necessitated after Thursday night's thirteen-inning marathon saw the Red Sox use five relievers over the course of eight innings of work.

While there's no word yet on who is leaving to make room, chances are that Alex Wilson will be the man to go. It's tough luck for a reliever who has performed consistently for the Red Sox this year, but he's the easiest of Boston's relievers to send to the minors when there is a need for a fresh arm to either bolster or spell a tired bullpen.

The Red Sox acquired De La Rosa as part of the massive trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, with De La Rosa and Allen Webster forming the real meat of Boston's end of the deal (not to mention salary relief). While Rubby is the more advanced of the two, having already seen time in the majors with the Dodgers in 2011 (and all of one game in 2012), the fact that he was still working his way back from Tommy John surgery prevented De La Rosa from getting the call when the Sox needed a spot starter earlier in the season.

Since then, De La Rosa has worked his way up to the point where he went five innings in his last outing on June 8th. While there have been some issues peripherally speaking--he's allowed ten walks to just twelve strikeouts in his last 17 innings--De La Rosa has established himself as one of Pawtucket's most effective and exciting arms. Hopefully he'll provide a good first impression in Boston.

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