BOSTON -- With Jake Peavy joining the Red Sox rotation, somebody is forced to be bumped to the bullpen.
That somebody is Brandon Workman, who just picked up his first major league win in his third start on Tuesday night against the Mariners, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out nine and walking only one.
Still, with Peavy arriving, Workman is the odd-man out. He'll be available out of the bullpen, beginning on Saturday.
"Brandon has done probably as much as we have asked in the three starts he's made," said Red Sox manager John Farrell on Wednesday. "So if the need were to arise to go to another starter, we'd certainly turn back to Brandon. This is before Clay [Buchholz] is ready. Brandon Workman has been very impressive."
Clay Buchholz threw long-toss again on Wednesday from out to 120 feet. Farrell called it "another step in the right direction."
"He will throw again today. Last week, we were two days on and one day with kind of a recovery day. This week, it's three days on with a recovery day tomorrow. And in those three days, day one and day three are more intense than day two. So that would include today out to 120 feet or more of long toss, and then coming back into a 65-70 foot range, where he's being more aggressive. So, the intensity, as I mentioned on days one and three are an increase. And he responds in the right way, physically, coming out of each session. So, today is another step in that direction."
The Red Sox also acquired right-hander Brayan Villarreal, 26, from Detroit in the three-team Peavy trade on Tuesday night.
Villarreal has been dealing with a thumb issue, and has only made seven appearances this season out of the bullpen. Farrell relayed some of what he knows about him.
"He's a power arm guy that's an upper 90's right-hander," the Red Sox manager said. "I think he recently dealt with some health issues with his thumb. Personally, I saw him on one-inning stints.
"But he's always been a guy with tremendous arm strength. And actually last year, he put together a solid year [2.63 ERA in 54 2/3 innings] in the role that he was in."
In a rehab outing at Triple A-Pawtucket on Wednesday, left-hander Franklin Morales pitched another clean inning, throwing 13 pitches. The plan is for him to go back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday. Also, rehabbing right-handed reliever Alex Wilson is scheduled to pitch another inning on Thursday at Pawtucket.