The Red Sox made four roster moves this afternoon:
RHP John Lackey: Placed on 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 7) with right bicep strain.
SS Jose Iglesias: Optioned to Triple A Pawtucket.
SS Stephen Drew: Activated off 7-day concussion disabled list.
RHP Alex Wilson: Recalled from Triple A Pawtucket.
Iglesias was 9 for 20 in six games filling in for Drew at shortstop. He had two doubles, scored three runs and drove in a run. The 23-year-old played very well and this demotion is undeserved. But Drew was signed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal because the Sox felt he was a better choice and they’re not abandoning that idea because he suffered a concussion and Iglesias played well in six games.
Wilson, 26, has never been in the majors before. The former second round pick was a starter for three seasons before the Red Sox converted him to the bullpen last season. He pitched well in spring training (6 games, 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). He has appeared in two games for Pawtucket, allowing three runs on four hits over 2.2 innings.
Wilson would become only the second major league player to have been born in Saudi Arabia. Craig Stansberry, who played for the Padres from 2006-09, was the first. Wilson is the son of a geologist who was working in Saudi Arabia at the time of his birth.
Lackey strained his bicep on Saturday in Toronto. He would be eligible to return on April 22. He will miss at least three starts. Alfredo Aceves has been put in the rotation in place of Lackey.
Drew was 2 for 13 in a four game rehab assignment with Double A Portland.