Peter Gammons asks, and the Red Sox answer

Joel Trunfio
Contributing Writer

After the disastrous start(s) by Allen Webster and Felix Doubront last night, something needed to be done to help this ailing pitching staff. Peter Gammons pondered on twitter this morning whether the solution to the problem was Pawtucket pitcher Jose De La Torre.

Sure enough, someone was paying attention as Ben Cherington went on the Dennis and Callahan show and announced that De La Torre would take Allen Webster's place on the 25-man roster.

De La Torre is not a young prospect, so don't get too excited. In fact, he's neither young (27) or a prospect Brent Lillibridge, De La Torre has a career 2.77 ERA in 357 minor league innings -- most as a reliever. According to Marc Normandin, De La Torre keeps the ball low in the zone, reducing home runs and inducing ground balls. He was a non-roster invitee in Spring Training, but you probably won't remember him pitching there (only 6 IP) because he was busy tearing up international talent at the World Baseball Classic. He struck out 12 batters in 6 IP for Team Puerto Rico, and impressed onlookers:
(he's pitched in the minors since 2006, but has never made the majors). Acquired from Cleveland in 2012 for
De La Torre will probably serve in long relief. The Red Sox are fortunate enough to be able to skip Felix's next start due to Monday's off-day. Hopefully this new reinforcement is not needed in the coming week as Sox starters can get back to the stretch of quality starts they had to start the season.

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