John Farrell on D&H: 'We're certainly glad that Stephen [Drew] is here'

June 11, 2014 - 1:02 pm
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Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Dale & Holley on Wednesday to discuss Brandon Workman'€™s performance on the mound, Stephen Drew'€™s struggles at the plate and the continued success of Brock Holt. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. Workman turned in his best performance of the year on Tuesday, holding the Orioles to one hit and no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old righty did not allow a hit through 5 2/3 innings, leading Boston to a 1-0 victory. Farrell acknowledged that even though players such as Clay Buchholz are expected back in the near future, Workman has certainly earned a spot in the rotation for the time being. "€œHe'€™s pitched very well and consistently in his time in the rotation for us," Farrell said. "Last night was certainly the highlight of the starts he'€™s made thus far. ... He maintained his focus and his concentration even with the delay and he was outstanding." Farrell added: "We've got a couple of guys coming back. Clay Buchholz is going to make his first rehab start, so for the time being, yes. He'€™s got a pending decision coming up here later this week when we get back into Boston that might keep him out of the rotation for a little bit, depending on the final outcome of that appeal. ... He'€™s been extremely effective for us, he'€™s been dependable." The return of Drew has been met with little fanfare, as the shortstop has posted a putrid .071/.188/.071 line through four games this season. Despite Drew'€™s struggles, Farrell didn't agree with the notion that Drew needed more seasoning in the minors before getting the call back up to the big leagues. "He'€™s dealing with a right oblique [injury]. In his final at-bat during his last swing that he took over in Detroit, he felt some tightness come on right after the string. ... We felt like in 10 days time, he'€™d get 25 at-bats or so, and we felt like that was enough of a foundation to bring him to us," Farrell said. "In the time that he'€™s been here, I've known Stephen to be a rhythm type of hitter. The more at-bats, the better he gets. ... We wanted to bring another very good player to the big leagues, which we did, and we'€™re certainly glad that Stephen is here." One of the few bright spots this season has been Holt, who seemingly has secured the leadoff spot in the lineup with a scorching .415 average in June. Holt has been a huge boost thanks to his versatility, as the Texas native has played games at third base, first base and left field this season. Farrell also acknowledged that Holt might see some time at center field in the near future. "€œI can'€™t say we won'€™t [see Holt in center field.] ... The one thing that we've been fortunate to see with Brock is that as we've moved him around defensively, he'€™s maintained a high level of on-base [percentage] and the ability to hit, and that'€™s been the most encouraging thing," Farrell said, adding: "He came up to us for about seven days then went back down. Even during his first time around here, the quality of the at-bats were very consistent. He worked deep counts, he hit leadoff one day against Baltimore. ... To say that he'€™s now settled in as our leadoff guy, he'€™s someone that we didn'€™t really talk about in the offseason as a candidate for that. Just coming off of last year, there were some uncertainties to, one, where would he play every day, and two, he was in competition for a utility spot on the club and he'€™s certainly surpassed all that." Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox. On whether there are any encouraging signs that the Red Sox offense is making a turnaround: "First and foremost, we continue to create opportunities and put people on base, that'€™s a given. ... We'€™re still putting men on base, that'€™s the most important thing. To me, the disconnect has always been, we'€™re third or fourth in the American League in on-base [percentage] and yet we'€™re in 12th or 13th in runs scored. ... You look at the 10-game losing streak. ... In those 10 games, you know what, [Dustin Pedroia] and David [Ortiz] had a tough time with runners in scoring position. ... This is a combined effort, we've hit into some tough luck, and yet at times there'€™s been a lot of swing and miss where maybe some youth has been exploited, and we continually work at it." On MLB'€™s inconsistent rulings on suspensions this season: "€œIt seems that they'€™re case by case. I don'€™t know of a system that'€™s in place that standardizes certain types of actions on the field that require X€ number of games served. ... I know the report that is provided by the umpire crew or the deciding umpire goes heavily into the decision-making when these situations emerge. That's the way it'€™s been done for years."
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