The Red Sox made four roster moves this afternoon, including placing John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list.
Lackey strained his right biceps in Saturday’s start, and his DL stint is retroactive to April 7.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias, despite getting off to a hot start, was optioned to Pawtucket, and Stephen Drew was activated off the seven-day concussion list.
Righthander Alex Wilson was recalled from Triple A Pawtucket.
The Sox also announced that Alfredo Aceves will start against the Orioles Thursday night, pushing Felix Doubront to Friday against the Rays.
Lackey, who will be eligible to return April 22, will miss at least three starts. Aceves presumably will hold his place in the rotation.
Iglesias was 9 for 20 in six games filling in for Drew at shortstop. He had two doubles, scored three runs, and drove in a run. The 23-year-old played very well, and the demotion can be seen as undeserved.
But Drew was signed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal because the Sox felt he was a better choice, and they’re not abandoning that idea because he suffered a concussion and Iglesias played well in six games.
Drew was 2 for 13 in a four-game rehab assignment with Double A Portland.
Wilson, 26, has never been in the majors before. The former second-round pick was a starter for three seasons before the Red Sox converted him to the bullpen last season. He pitched well in spring training (6 games, 7⅔ IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) and has appeared in two games for Pawtucket, allowing three runs on four hits over 2⅔ innings.
Wilson will be only the second major leaguer to have been born in Saudi Arabia. Craig Stansberry, who played for the Padres from 2006-09, was the first. Wilson is the son of a geologist who was working in Saudi Arabia at the time of his birth.
Aceves has a 2.31 ERA in 25 career appearances against the Orioles, all in relief. He also has good statistics against their hitters.
For now, the rotation likely looks like this:
Wednesday vs. Baltimore: Ryan Dempster
Thursday vs. Baltimore: Alfredo Aceves
Friday vs. Tampa Bay: Felix Doubront
Saturday vs. Tampa Bay: Jon Lester
Sunday vs. Tampa Bay: Clay Buchholz
Monday vs. Tampa Bay: Dempster