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Why Workman became odd man out for Red Sox

Rob Bradford
July 26, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Somebody had to go. The fact that it was Brandon Workman was a bit of surprise, at least to him.

The Red Sox announced Thursday afternoon that Workman would be headed back to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to get newly-acquired Nathan Eovaldi on the 25-man roster.

Workman and Hector Velazquez were the most logical candidates, considering both have options and can be demoted without having to clear waivers. Velazquez was valued more at this time by the Red Sox in part because of his ability to pitch multiple innings.

"Sometimes it’s a numbers game," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "Obviously, he wasn’t too thrilled about it, which I understand. But with BJ (Brian Johnson) here and we got Hector that we can use for multiple innings, it just happens you know. He’ll be back. I don’t know how soon obviously. But he’ll be back and he’s an important part of what we’re trying to accomplish. One thing for sure when he goes down there, we’ll make sure he’s in the program kind of like to slow him down a little bit. We use him a lot here. We got to be sure when he comes back he’s fresh, but we know he’s going to contribute."

Workman has impressed since joining the Red Sox' bullpen in early June, totaling a 2.89 ERA and .217 batting average against in 21 appearances. He has allowed runs in each of his last two outings after only surrendered runs in two of his first 19 appearances this season.

"I think probably his fastball is a little bit flatter than earlier," Cora said of Workman. "Adds a little bit of finish. But pitchers go through that. His breaking ball was still good. I think, yeah. I think that that’s more likely than what happened."

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