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Red Sox notes: Brandon Workman to remain in rotation; Red Sox trade deadline variables; day off for Jacoby Ellsbury

07.23.13 at 5:47 pm ET
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When the Red Sox called up Brandon Workman, they hoped the big right-hander could help stabilize their bullpen. Instead, after two starts in which he’s given the team two quality starts — flirting with a no-hitter in one — he’s going to remain a starter for at least another turn of the rotation. Manager John Farrell said that Workman will get another start on Saturday against the Orioles, giving the Sox further reason for confidence in the depth of their rotation even at a time when there’s no timetable for the return of Clay Buchholz.

“Let’s not overlook what Brandon Workman’s done in two starts. … Six and seven innings every fifth day is worth a lot,” said Farrell. “He’s been a solid starter for us. We’re hopeful of seeing the same again on Saturday in Baltimore.”

Workman certainly looms large in terms of the Sox’ comfort level at the trade deadline. Based on initial returns, the 24-year-old appears ready to help at the big league level, whether in the rotation or bullpen. Still, Farrell said the Sox’ decision-making on whether to add — or what to add — would not be solely a reflection on Workman.

“[GM Ben Cherington] will be aggressive in a situation in a deal that makes sense for us,” said Farrell. “I wouldn’€™t pin our assessment of the trade market on Brandon Workman. He’s not the linchpin to whether we make a trade or not.”

If Workman does remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future, then Farrell noted that the team could consider bringing up Rubby De La Rosa as a bullpen candidate at some point. He added that there are no “imminent” plans to shift the hard-throwing right-hander to a relief role this year, but that the issues is something that the team has discussed internally. Meanwhile, the team continues to evaluate Drake Britton — a pitcher who had no relief experience — out of the bullpen.

There is a challenge to the team’s ability to get a feel for either Britton or De La Rosa as relief options between now and the July 31 trade deadline, given the limited big league experience of both in a bullpen role. That being the case, Farrell suggested that, while the trade deadline does create some pressures, the team will not rush its evaluations simply to reach some artificial or over-hasty conclusions about its internal options.

“We know that there’s a date out there, but we don’t want that date to force us to do something that we don’t feel is of benefit to this team,” said Farrell. “That’s the one thing I can say with confidence that is a thread through all the conversations we’ve had.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— Farrell spoke in glowing terms about Dustin Pedroia, who is on the cusp of a seven-year extension in the $100 million range.

“What Dustin means to this team is the example which he demonstrates every day, whether it’s his early work, the way he competes inside a game,” said Farrell. “He sets the tone for us. He embodies everything that we value as far as a player ‘€” the respect to the game that he has and the effort which he puts forth every night.”

Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the lineup on Tuesday night, but Farrell said that was a planned day off rather than the result of injury. He added that he plans to find days of rest for most of his regulars in the stretch of 10 games in 10 days coming out of the break.

Franklin Morales threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Monday in his deliberate return from a pectoral strain. Farrell called it a “first step,” but noted that there is no timetable for the left-hander to begin a rehab assignment.

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