Workman, Ranaudo could be next if need be

Workman, Ranaudo could be next if need be
July 17, 2014, 9:15 pm
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BOSTON - While Clay Buchholz and the rest of the Red Sox pitching staff prepare for the second half of the season, the pitchers down in Pawtucket continue to do their thing with an eye on joining the Big League club soon.

Brandon Workman has spent plenty of time in Boston this season, but is currently in his second stint in Pawtucket, being sent down shortly before the All-Star Break as the team needed another starting pitcher to finish the five games remaining before the break.

He pitched for the PawSox on July 13, earning the win while not pitching particularly well. Workman lasted 5.0 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three and walking two.

With the Sox almost certainly trading away Jake Peavy in the near future, Workman could find himself back on the Sox very soon. Until then, manager John Farrell knows what he wants to see him work on down there.

"To continue what he was working on between starts here, and that is more consistent command in the bottom of the strike zone," Farrell said. "When he's been down, that's when he's been most effective. Coming back from the time suspended an then the delay that was in there, he was having a little bit more difficult time getting to the bottom of the strike zone. And we saw the home runs as a result of that. So that's what we're focusing on."

Workman had allowed six home runs over his last four games with the Sox, all losses by the team.

Aside from Workman being the most likely call-up, another Sox youngster may be close as well.

Anthony Ranaudo is one of the team's highly-touted pitching prospects, and has pitched extremely effective this season in Pawtucket.

In 19 starts, Ranaudo is 10-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He's struck out 91 batters and walked 44 in 106.2 IP.

Farrell was asked if Ranaudo could be a factor at all based on the way he's pitched this season.

"Yeah, he's been talked about a lot," Farrell said. "The reports have been strong. He's been in the discussion if a starter was needed. So he's doing everything that he can to impact that."