BOSTON -- Brandon Workman arrived at Fenway Park Sunday morning only to pack his bags and leave the Red Sox clubhouse before 11:00 a.m.
He was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket after giving up a career-high seven runs to the Mariners in 3.1 innings on Saturday afternoon. All seven Seattle runs were scored in the fourth inning.
The Red Sox lost the game, their seventh consecutive defeat, 7-3.
In a corresponding move, the Red Sox recalled righty reliever Heath Hembree to add depth to their bullpen.
Red Sox manager John Farrell described what the organization hopes Workman can fine-tune while with the PawSox.
"We've talked about it before: It's consistency in the bottom of the [zone]," Farrell said. "When he doesn't have his better velocity, as he did last time out against the Angels and had better command down in the zone, that's the primary focus with him. Yesterday I thought he did a good job getting ahead of a number of hitters, and yet his ability to put a guy away is what . . . that's what reared its head particularly in that fourth inning."
The Red Sox have an off-day on Thursday before a four-game series in Tampa Bay. Farrell said that the team's rotation for that series is still yet to be determined.