Workman appeal leaves pitcher in limbo

Workman appeal leaves pitcher in limbo
June 16, 2014, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Speculation had it that the Red Sox would hear about Brandon Workman's appeal of his six-game suspension Monday, but there was no word forthcoming from Major League Baseball, leaving the pitcher and the team somewhat in limbo.

"Once you go through the appeal process,'' said John Farrell, "you have no control over when you initiate it. You start [the suspension] as soon as the decision is handed down.''

Since the Red Sox didn't hear anything Monday, it almost certainly means that Workman will miss his next start. About the best the Sox could have hoped for was a reduction from six games to either four or five.

If they learn Tuesday that it's been reduced to four, that would still keep Workman out of his next scheduled start on Friday in Oakland.

It's now certain that Clay Buchholz won't take that spot Friday. Farrell announced that will make another rehab start Thursday for Pawtucket.

"We want to see an increased number of pitches,'' said Farrell of Buchholz. "I think Clay went out and was able to accomplish, for the most part, some of the delivery adjustments he's been working on. [The number of] overall strikes improved. There was more defined power overall and a more defined shape to the individual types of pitches. We need to get him up to 90 pitches or so in this next outing.''

Felix Doubront, on the other hand, was acknowledged as a "candidate'' for Friday, according to Farrell. Doubront pitched Sunday for Pawtucket and would line up perfectly for his fifth day on Friday.