Red Sox once again need pitching help

BALTIMORE — The Red Sox played a doubleheader on Saturday, a 14-inning game on Monday and now a 13-inning game on Thursday.

The bullpen has been beaten up and the transactions are mounting.

Tuesday: Called up RHP Jose De La Torre, who pitched 3 1/3 innings and was then optioned back to Triple A Pawtucket.

Wednesday: Called up RHP Alfredo Aceves, who pitched 6 innings and was then optioned back to Pawtucket.

Thursday: Called up RHP Alex Wilson, who pitched 2 2/3 innings and will likely be optioned back to Pawtucket.

“We’ve got to get an arm in here given how much we’ve taxed the bullpen this week,” John Farrell said tonight.


Let’s look at the possibilities . . .

The Sox have Daniel Bard, Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Steven Wright on the 40-man roster. Bard is on the disabled list in Portland and hasn’t pitched in a month regardless.

Britton threw seven innings on Tuesday. Wright threw six innings on Tuesday. They’re probably out. De La Rosa and Webster are fresh, so they’re in the mix.

The Sox also have an opening on the 40-man roster. So they could add a pitcher from Pawtucket to the 40 and call him up. The list of possibilities would include Pedro Beato, Chris Carpenter, Anthony Carter, Terry Doyle, Chris Martin and Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Rowland-Smith is a lefty who has pitched very well for Pawtucket and has big league experience. But the Red Sox already have three lefties in their bullpen. Beato and Carpenter have some big league experience. Martin is a former independent league pitcher who has risen through the organization.

A few other notes:

• The Sox had 47 plate appearances without a walk Thursday night. They did not have a hit after the seventh inning.

•Jacoby Ellsbury had swiped 18 consecutive bases before Matt Wieters nabbed him in the seventh inning. But Ellsbury got a bag off Wieters in the 10th.


Ellsbury has at least one steal in six straight games. The last Red Sox player to do that was Tris Speaker in 1913.

• Mike Napoli left the game feeling nauseated. Farrell seemed to think he could play on Friday.

• The Orioles are 22-8 against the Red Sox since Sept. 2011.

• The Orioles are an amazing 40-17 in one-run games the last two years.

• Steven Drew had a sac fly. But he is 4 of his last 30 with 14 strikeouts. He’s down to .218. Farrell professed his faith in Drew before the game. But that faith is being tested.

Thanks to everybody for reading. Long day but back at it Friday.

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