Webster Down, De La Torre Up

After an abysmal start against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night, Allen Webster has been optioned back to AAA Pawtucket. Webster gave up 8 runs on six hits, two of which left the park, and three walks, striking out only two in one and two-thirds innings pitched. While Webster’s stay in the majors didn’t figure to last long, the rookie expedited his trip back to Rhode Island with his horrific performance last night. Webster had been called up from Pawtucket to assume Joel Hanrahan’s spot on the roster when the closer went down with an apparent forearm injury. His call up had come as a bit of a shock, as many had expected Boston to recall a reliever to lighten the load on an overworked bullpen. Had Webster pitched well, he likely would have stuck around and spelled Felix Doubront every fifth day, with Doubront working out of the bullpen.

May 8, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Allen Webster (64) comes out of the game against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

In the 23-year-old’s stead the Red Sox have called up Jose De La Torre. De La Torre was acquired from the Cleveland Indians last year for Brent Lillibridge, who had been previously part of the Kevin Youkilis deal. The right hander features a low 90’s fastball and an above average slider which he mixes with two-seamer and a changeup. He doesn’t overpower hitters, but with good to better command he misses bats and generates a lot of ground ball outs. He performed well in the World Baseball Classic, pitching for Puerto Rico he struck out 12 batters across six innings pitched.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox, De La Torre is not currently on the 40-man roster, so someone will have to be removed to facilitate De La Torre’s call up. The likely solution is one of Franklin Morales, Joel Hanrahan or Alex Hassan being placed on the 60 day disabled list with their respective injuries. The latter two are more likely, with the extent of Hanrahan’s injury presently unknown and a broken foot has prevented Hassan from starting his season.

March 25, 2013; Sarasota, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Jose De La Torre (78) throws a pitch against the against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 27-year-old is a little old for the prospect label, but has yet to make his major league debut and has been pitching well for Pawtucket. Currently, De La Torre owns a 1.56 ERA in ten games pitched. In those ten games, he has given up only five hits good for a .089 BAA in 17.1 innings pitched. If he is able to bring some semblance of these numbers with him to Boston, he will provide the Sox with a reliable bullpen arm who can be shuttled between Boston and Pawtucket all season long.

Topics: Allen Webster, Boston Red Sox, Jose De La Torre

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  • Willy W

    Well now we know the Hammer has been put on 60 day so… And just an FYI but both Morales & Hassan(7 day DL) are on the mend & wouldnt have qualified for the 60 day DL, so it was either designate someone or put the Pillsbury Doughboy on the 60 day DL.

    • Harry Burnham

      Yep, Hanrahan is looking at some surgery. but actually, Morales could have been flipped to the 60-day DL, obviously with the retroactive start date, and his 60 days would have come due on the 22nd of May, and they could have done the same with Hassan, or straight out designated him

      • Willy W

        I dont believe you can take someone on the 7day, Concusssion DL, list to the 60 day DL w/o first transferring him to the 15 day DL & they didnt have time to do all of that. It doesnt matter anyways cause Hanrahan was placed on 60 day. Frankly Im shocked… How long has he had this tendon issue? Could they not have seen something when he had his physical at the time of the trade? They were able to spot Napoli’s hip condition but nothing w/ Joel? I was hoping he’d make good after coming off the DL but if he has to have surgery… wow what a waste of a trade that was then.

        • Harry Burnham

          Yep, youre right on one count, completely my bad. Hassan wouldnt have qualified for the 60 day DL, but Morales would have, since he is on the major league roster, specifically the 15 day DL, where as Hassan is not.

          Well, I dont know if you followed his tenure with the Pirates or the Nats at all, but he did have some elbow issues in the past, and i cant help but wonder if the weakness is related.
          Unfortunately, it’s possible that nothing showed up on his physical, or, that he masked some pain or discomfort. With injuries like these it is always possible that something just exploded in his arm on one pitch (look at Rich Hill a couple years back). But i find that unlikely given his poor performance.
          Luckily with the trade, we didnt give up TOO much talent for him, likely just a handful of role players. and, the trade also cleared a few 40-man spots, so that is always a bonus. but it does look like its going to be it for hanrahan

          • Willy W

            Yeah, the only players they might wish to have back from that trade are Melancon ( if he’s pitching well, LOL) and maybe Sands, other then that they were trying to get the rest Off of the 40 man. Good thing they got Holt in the trade, he’s a nice little player.

          • Harry Burnham

            I cant decide, especially since DeJesus is hitting .312 compared to Holt’s .187
            I just dont think Melancon can hack it in the AL, he bombed with the Yankees, and the Sox.

          • Willy W

            Yeah it’s funny… Melancon has been lights out for Pitt. this year. Oh well. And yes Holt has been terrible this year but last year he did well. This has been a strange baseball year already. In fact its been so bizarre… that it wouldnt suprise me if a less than stellar team like the Royals won it all over a more expected team like Atlanta… I exagerate but it just feels that way so far.