Brandon Workman

Red Sox injury updates: Brandon Workman seeing Dr. James Andrews, Xander Bogaerts getting MRI

Ryan Hannable
April 14, 2015 - 12:02 pm

The Red Sox already had a major injury with Christian Vazquez a few weeks ago, now they are hoping to avoid another. Reliever Brandon Workman, who was on the DL with Triple-A Pawtucket, had his option reversed Monday and was placed on the major league 15-day DL (retro to April 3) with a right elbow strain. Tuesday, manager John Farrell revealed he's getting a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews. "It goes back to the location where the injury took place," Farrell said of why his option was reversed. "The soreness emerged after his final outing in spring training with us. He attempted to throw a bullpen after he was optioned and there was some discomfort there. He was recalled and put on the major league DL and he's actually getting a second opinion with Dr. Andrews right now." Farrell acknowledged there is some concern. "Any time someone goes and gets a second opinion with Dr. Andrews there is some concern," he said. "To what extent there's damage or injury remains to be seen and what the follow up treatment will result [also remains to be seen]." There are major implications for Workman being on the major league DL versus the minor league DL, if he were to miss the season. By being on the major league roster his salary would be $539,000. If he was in the minors it would be $213,000. Also more importantly, by being on the major league DL he gets a full year of service time. The Red Sox wanted to have him on the major league DL, and needed approval from MLB to do so, which was why he was originally on the minor league DL and stayed there until Monday. The other concern is with Xander Bogaerts. The shortstop slipped rounding third base in Monday's win and hurt his right knee, but stayed in the game. He came in Tuesday with increased symptoms according to Farrell, and it was then decided he would go for an MRI. "Bogey had a little right knee soreness coming out of yesterday's ballgame," Farrell said. "He's actually getting a full workout as we speak." "We're just hopeful that Bogey gets through this with any major issues," he added. Bogaerts is currently 13-for-30 on the year (.433).