According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced after tonight’s game that Rubby De La Rosa will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Clay Buchholz’s spot in the rotation and start against the Rays.
De La Rosa was acquired from the Dodgers in 2012 in the deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto to Los Angeles. The 25-year-old has pitched well at the Triple-A level this season, putting up a 3.04 ERA and 52/23 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings over 10 starts.
De La Rosa made one relief appearance with the Dodgers in 2012 and 11 with the Red Sox last year, but this will be his first start in the majors since his rookie season in 2011. The hard-throwing right-hander compiled a 3.71 ERA and 60/31 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings that year prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.