Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Padilla off DL; Valencia sent down
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- In addition to activating outfielder Daniel Nava from the disabled list on Tuesday, the Red Sox also reinstated pitcher Vicente Padilla from the DL. The Red Sox optioned third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A Pawtucket and placed Carl Crawford (Tommy John surgery) on the DL to make room on the roster.
The Red Sox acquired Valencia from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 5 and optioned him to the PawSox. He was recalled on Aug. 11 after Will Middlebrooks broke a bone in his wrist when he was hit by a pitch and played in four games for Boston, posting a .125 average (1-for-8) with one RBI.
“Danny was in as bad, as unfair of a situation I think I have ever seen anyone,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. “He played a couple of games in 10 days, was thrown into the fire, then went to the bench. I’m hoping he can get some consistent at-bats in Triple-A and still help us this year.”
Padilla was placed on the DL on Aug. 6 with right-arm tightness. The reliever is 4-1 with a 4.62 ERA and one save in 41 appearances this season.