Red Sox notes: Workman called up

Red Sox notes: Workman called up
August 5, 2013, 8:15 pm
Share This Post

HOUSTON – Righthander Brandon Workman was called up from Pawtucket today, while outfielder Daniel Nava was placed on the paternity list.
 
Workman made his major league debut on July 10, pitching two innings in relief at Seattle. He appeared in four games, including four starts, in his first major league stint. But with the Sox in need of bullpen help at the time, he was sent back to Pawtucket on Thursday, a day after pitching six innings against the Mariners in his first major league win.
 
In his three starts he went 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA, giving up five earned runs in 18 1/3 innings, with 15 hits, four walks, 18 strikeouts and a  home run.
 
Workman, who has not pitched since his July 30 outing, expected to work out of the bullpen in this stint with the Sox.
 
Nava and his wife Rachel had a baby girl, Faith, born Monday morning. Nava is expected to rejoin the Sox in Kansas City on Thursday, the maximum amount of time, three days, allowed on paternity leave.

Manager John Farrell said he thinks the team will be fine in the outfield until Nava’s return, with players who can man different positions, in Brandon Snyder and Mike Carp.

*****

Right-hander Clay Buchholz  could throw off a mound on Tuesday as he makes his way back from inflammation of the bursa sac in his shoulder. He has not thrown off a mound since before the All-Star break while the Sox were in Oakland.
 
“Today was a scheduled lighter day for him,” Farrell said. “We’re hopeful that and expect that he would incorporate some mound work tomorrow. That’s to be determined, exactly how much.

But he’s confident that coming thru the aggressiveness with which he’s thrown the ball the last couple days that incorporating the angle [of the mound] is the next step.”
 
To be determined is whether Buchholz will throw from the rubber, several feet in front of it, with a catcher in a crouch, or with a catcher standing in front of the plate. It will be decided based on how he feels before his Tuesday outing.
 
*****

David Ross, on the 60-day disabled list with a concussion, is scheduled for a follow-up exam with specialist Dr. Mickey Collins Thursday in Pittsburgh. If he is cleared by Collins, Ross would begin a rehab assignment “immediately,” meaning either Friday or Saturday, Farrell said. He is expected to play with both Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.

*****

Right-fielder Shane Victorino was named the American League player of the week for last week. In seven games he hit .400, going 12-for-30, with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and seven runs scored.

    Advertisement