After Eduardo Rodriguez dropped a stink bomb yesterday, he was optioned back to AAA Pawtucket and the Red Sox called RHP Pat Light for some bullpen help. Light will join the Red Sox for his 2nd stint in the big leagues this year and provide some more depth in the bullpen. He only made 1 appearance in late April for the Red Sox, allowing 2 earned runs in 1 inning of work.
So far this season, Light has looked very strong in Pawtucket. In 20 appearances and 26.1 innings pitched, light has a 2.05 ERA with 32 Ks (10.9 Ks/9 innings) and just 15 hits allowed and 6 earned runs. Light has also picked up 5 saves on the season, which will hopefully prepare him for late-game situations. At this point, an extra arm is just that, an extra arm.
Given the swap of a SP for a RP, I would guess the Red Sox will option Light (or another reliever) and bring up a starter when E-Rod’s spot in the rotation is up. A name to watch is Aaron Wilkerson. Wilkerson has a nifty 2.41 ERA in Pawtucket and is 4-1 in his 7 starts this year. It also just so happens that he pitched Monday, so will be on normal rest for E-Rod’s slot in the rotation this weekend. More on Wilkerson later in the week.