John Farrell: 'Ideal script' for Brandon Workman would keep him in the rotation

April 09, 2014 - 11:26 am

With reliever Craig Breslow being activated from the disabled list prior to Wednesday'€™s game, Brandon Workman, who delivered four innings of one-run ball in long relief on Tuesday, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Workman, who made two starts in spring training, will be stretched out as a starter in Pawtucket.

Manager John Farrell said that the right-hander will slot into the PawSox rotation and will likely make his first start on Monday. After tossing 50 pitches in Tuesday'€™s outing, he'€™s expected to go five or six innings as he gradually ups his pitch count.

"€œYou'€™d like to think he'€™s gonna be in that 70-pitch range, hopefully get him through five into the 6th inning,"€ said Farrell. "He'€™s not that far removed from being extended, so he should pick back up here quickly."

Workman has performed well in his three relief appearances this season, allowing just one earned run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out seven. But the Red Sox prefer to stretch Workman out as a starter who could make a spot start if the opportunity arises.

"This is someone who's pitched well, whether it was last year in either role, or the three appearances he'€™s made so far this year," said Farrell. "€œWe fully expect him to be back up here at some point and he'€™ll contribute some big innings for us."

The Red Sox would like to keep Workman in the rotation for the time being, even if there'€™s a need in the bullpen.

"€œAs he goes back to starting, that'€™s where we need to be careful of changing the role again,"€ said Farrell. "€œIf we could script it, he'€™d remain as a starter, and if the need were to arise he'€™d be back here pitching for us in that role."

Workman will likely make his first start on Monday night in Rochester against the Twins'€™ Triple-A affiliate, the Red Wings.