Ciriaco dealt; De La Rosa activated

BALTIMORE -- The Boston Red Sox on Friday traded utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco to the San Diego Padres in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Ciriaco had been designated for assignment earlier this week when Will Middlebrooks came off the disabled list, a move that gave the team 10 days to either trade or release him.

To help a depleted bullpen, the Red Sox also promoted right-handed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa from Pawtucket, and sent back reliever Alex Wilson, who pitched 2 2/3 innings in Thursday’s 13-inning loss.

De La Rosa, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of last season’s blockbuster, has made 10 starts for the Triple-A PawSox so far this season. The Sox have limited his innings (he’s coming off Tommy John surgery performed in 2011) so far in Pawtucket. His longest outing of the season was in his last start, a 5-inning stint on June 8. On the season, he is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA.

The 24-year-old pitched just 2/3 of an inning for the Dodgers last season after surgery the year before. In 2011, he made 10 starts for the Dodgers and had a 3.71 ERA, a 4-5 record and 60 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings.