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BALTIMORE — The Red Sox had a set plan for righthander Rubby De La Rosa this season and it did not involve waking him up in the early hours of Friday morning and telling him to get to Camden Yards to pitch out of the bullpen.
But when the Red Sox played 13 innings against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night, their bullpen needed a fresh arm and De La Rosa was the best option.
When his phone rang, De La Rosa was surprised and thought something was wrong. But it was good news.
“I’m excited. I can’t wait,” he said.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said De La Rosa is a candidate to start one of the games of Tuesday’s day/night doubleheader against the Rays. That will depend on how he is used in the coming days.