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Red Sox option Daniel Nava, call up Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson will make a brief trip to the majors to shore up Boston's bullpen. Daniel Nava, meanwhile, is headed back to Pawtucket.


The Red Sox have optioned Daniel Nava to the minors, calling up Alex Wilson to give the team some short-term bullpen depth for Wednesday night's game against the Yankees. The first piece of the news comes via Alex Speier, the second via Lou Merloni.

This is just confirmation of what was expected coming off Tuesday night's loss, when John Farrell suggested the Sox might need some extra bullpen help before speaking to Nava behind closed doors. With Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz having only accounted for seven of Boston's innings over their last two games, the pen has been worn thin, necessitating the addition of Wilson.

Wilson, 27, was one of the many arms on the Boston - Pawtucket shuttle bus in 2013. Recently he's fallen behind the likes of Brandon Workman and Drake Britton, but Workman is currently starting (throwing five innings Monday night) and Britton endured a 32-pitch inning for Pawtucket on Tuesday, leaving Wilson to provide the last line of defense for Boston's bullpen.

If Wilson is here today, he's very likely to be gone tomorrow. Shane Victorino was actually expected to return for tonight's game, with his arrival only delayed because of the bullpen situation. As for Daniel Nava...well, we've covered that situation already.