Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa has been without two of his starting pitchers for most of the past month. He’s finally getting one back.
With Wolf and Vicente Padilla both sidelined with injuries for several weeks, Bowa has relied on a patchwork of substitute starters, including Paul Abbott, Brian Powell, Josh Hancock and Ryan Madson. Padilla, out with a bone bruise on his right elbow, is not expected to return until August at the earliest.
Wolf has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 7 with tendinitis in his left elbow. After making a rehab start Monday with Double-A Reading, where he allowed one run and five hits over four innings, Wolf rejoined the Phillies on Tuesday in Montreal.
An All-Star selection last season, the 27-year-old left-hander has allowed no more than three earned runs in eight of his 10 starts.
The struggling Phillies certainly hope Wolf returns to form quickly. Philadelphia has lost three of its last four, including a 12-1 drubbing in Friday’s series opener.
The Phillies managed just two hits off Boston starter Pedro Martinez. One of those was Jim Thome’s major league-leading 25th home run. The veteran slugger has hit 13 homers this month, one shy of Mike Schmidt’s team record for June, set in 1977.
Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez hit his AL-leading 20th homer and drove in five runs, leading the Red Sox to just their second win in six games.
David Ortiz also homered for the Red Sox, who scored a season-high eight runs in the sixth inning. They had scored seven runs in an inning three times earlier this season.
Ramirez and Ortiz have more homers (38) and RBIs (125) than any pair of teammates in the American League.