The Boston Red Sox made a series of moves Wednesday, including the call-up of Hurricane High School graduate Alex Wilson.
The 26-year-old Wilson, who was West Virginia's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005, was a 2009 secondround draft pick of the Red Sox. This is his fifth season in the Boston farm system, including parts of three seasons at Triple-A Pawtucket.
When Wilson debuts, he'll be the first Major League pitcher born in Saudi Arabia. Wilson, who received a $475,000 signing bonus from the Red Sox in 2009, went 7-1 with 111 strikeouts in 62 innings during his senior season at Hurricane. He allowed six runs all season and finished with a 0.62 earned run average.
He has a 22-14 career minor league record in 107 appearances (68 starts). He was converted to a reliever last season and is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list and activated shortstop Stephen Drew. On Tuesday, they optioned shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Triple-A team.
Lackey strained his right biceps against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday in his first start since major elbow surgery sidelined him all last season. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Sunday.
Drew was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list. He had been hit in the helmet by a pitch on March 7 against the Minnesota Twins in Grapefruit League play.