Red Sox optioning Brandon Workman to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear spot for Craig Breslow
|04.08.14 at 10:48 pm ET|
Life can be cruelly unjust for players at the start of their big league careers, a notion that gained reinforcement on Tuesday night in the person of right-hander Brandon Workman.
Workman pitched brilliantly in long relief for the Red Sox on Tuesday night, delivering three perfect innings before permitting a run — his only one in 6 1/3 innings this year — in the ninth inning, giving the Sox an opportunity to mount a comeback.
“He did great,” said catcher A.J. Pierzynski. “One thing about Work, he’s going to throw it over the plate. He’s not afraid. He works fast, throws three or four different pitches over the plate that all have the ability to get hitters out. I’m proud of the work Workman did.”
His impressive open to the 2014 campaign followed a 2013 season that Workman concluded by throwing 8 2/3 postseason relief innings without permitting an earned run.
His reward? On Tuesday night, it was being optioned down to Triple-A Pawtucket. In some ways, the decision to send Workman down represents a compliment to his abilities, as the team feels that he offers them perhaps their most reliable source of starting pitching depth (at a time when Chris Capuano is at a point where he’s unlikely to be stretched out), and so the team wants him to take the ball every five days. Still, the idea of getting sent down — no matter the reason — is inevitably disheartening.
Still, the 25-year-old said that he understood the team’s rationale behind sending him down in order to clear a roster spot for left-hander Craig Breslow.
“That’s just part of it. They said they wanted me to keep being stretched out and stuff. That’s just the way it goes,” said Workman. “Obviously it’s not ideal but I understand what they’re doing. It’s part of it.’
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