Red Sox notes: Workman maintains his innocence

Red Sox notes: Workman maintains his innocence
June 3, 2014, 7:15 pm
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CLEVELAND -- Brandon Workman, suspended for six games by Major League Baseball Tuesday for throwing behind Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria last Friday, maintained his innocence and vowed to appeal the suspension.

The decision to appeal allows Workman to make his scheduled start here Wednesday night in the series finale against the Indians.

"I really didn't know what to expect,'' said Workman of the process.

"That's their decision. We're going to appeal it. I knew beforehand that if you get ejected, automatically you get a fine, I didn't know about a suspension. I was kind of waiting to see."

Workman threw up and behind the head area of Longoria in the sixth inning, five innings after David Price drilled David Ortiz in the back and two innings after Price hit Mike Carp.

"It wasn't intentional,'' claimed Workman. "It was raining, the ball slipped out of my hand. They can take that into consideration."

Workman dodged questions about the fairness of MLB's ruling.

"That was their decision to make, not my place to say," he said. "It's their decision to make, that's not my decision."

The hope is, from the Red Sox' standpoint, that Workman will have the suspension reduced to no more than four games, allowing him to take his next start without forcing the Sox to juggle their rotation.

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A night after Stephen Drew returned to the Red Sox lineup, he was on the bench for the middle game of the series.

John Farrell said Drew wasn't sitting because of the matchup -- Drew struggles against lefties historically and Cleveland went with lefty T.J. House Tuesday -- but rather because of ensuring that Drew isn't asked to do too much, too soon.

"This was outlined before Stephen came back,'' Farrell said. "We targeted today as part of that progression and he'll be back in the lineup (Wednesday). This is about getting Stephen back to nine innings every day.''

With Drew out, the Sox had Jonathan Herrera at short and hitting ninth.

Also sitting: outfielder Grady Sizemore, with Alex Hassan playing right field.

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Felix Doubront, who threw a bullpen Monday, is scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday for Double A Portland.

"He threw the ball well,'' reported Farrell. "He's confident that the arm speed and the ball getting's out of his hand consistent with his outings prior (to being placed on the DL with shoulder soreness).

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Ryan Lavarnway underwent surgery on his left hand at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand specialist, removed the hamate bone.

The expectation is that Lavarnway will miss five-to-seven weeks before he can begin baseball activities again.