Sox notebook: Workman sent down, Wright back up

Sox notebook: Workman sent down, Wright back up
August 1, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Brandon Workman was optioned to Pawtucket temporarily. He's expected to return and pitch out of the bullpen for the Red Sox.

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BOSTON - After a 15-inning game that required the Red Sox to use five relievers for seven innings Wednesday night, the team was forced into making a couple of roster moves Thursday to give them some fresh arms.

Brandon Workman was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, helping make room for the newly acquired Jake Peavy, while Jose de la Torre was optioned and Steven Wright was recalled.

"It's a unique set of circumstances,'' said John Farrell, "where we had to make two roster moves here today. For the simple fact that if something were to happen early in the game [Thursday night], we need someone that has the capability of five or six innings. Steven has that, where Jose doesn't have that kind of length built up.''

Workman, who made his third straight quality start Tuesday, will return as soon as he's eligible, which, for now, will be in 10 days. He could potentially return sooner if the Sox were to sustain an injury to a pitcher.

"He's aware that unfortunate circumstances last night takes him off the roster,'' Farrell said of Workman. "But he understands the reason why.''

While at Pawtucket, Workman will pitch out of the bullpen, which will be his new role when he returns to Boston, thanks to Peavy's arrival.

"Over the next 10 days,'' said Farrell, "we'll get multiple innings for him. There's no plans right now to start him [in the minors], but depending on what happens over the next couple of days, that could possibly change.

"But regardless of the role, he won't get on a mound there until Sunday, at the earliest.''

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Farrell said the team "remains hopeful'' that Clay Buchholz will be able to intensify his throwing program over the next three days.
     
The goal is for Buchholz to be able to throw with "an aggressive crow-hop, that we'll use as a precursor to getting on the mound.''
    
Buchholz had a recovery day for Thursday, with an increased workload set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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The Sox continue to rave about Drake Britton, who's made six appearances totaling 8 1/3 innings and has yet to allow a run.
     
"The biggest thing to me that stands out is his overall poise,'' said Farrell. "On short rest, multiple innings, it's showing resilliency physically and the consistency from a mental standpoint....he's got exceptional concentration ability that he's shown in a short period here.''
     
Farrell has frequently noted that Britton has made some significant changes to his delivery since spring training.
     
"He's put himself in a position to repeat his release point more consistently,''said Farrell, "and that's the first step toward commanding multiple pitches, which he's doing.''
     
Further, Farrell lauded Britton's ability to get right-handed hitters out (they're 1-for-10 so far) which he attributes to his experience as a starter in the minors "and being able to throw a secondary pitch in fastball counts.''