2014 has not been a kind year to both the Boston Red Sox or starting pitcher Brandon Workman, who lost the appeal of his six-game suspension to MLB yesterday.
The suspension came in what may be known as the “David versus David” game where Workman threw at Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. Perhaps the fact that it was around the head area if why Joel McHale Jr. the vice president of administration for Major League Baseball.
Workman has been one of the lone bright-spots for the Red Sox this year, though after yesterday’s walk-off win, we may need some sunglasses if it keeps up. After a few good starts early in the season, Workman was sent down only to be recalled a short time after. Now, he will serve his suspension and may find himself back in Triple-A Pawtucket when guys like Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz finish their rehab assignments.
But what does Workman need to do to keep his spot on the roster? He still holds a lot of value in the bullpen, even in such a crowded one at Fenway Park. He is better than a guy like Chris Capuano in a long-term role and as a spot-starter.
Boston heads into a critical stretch before the All-Star break in July where getting to .500 should be on their list of goals. Though the offense needs to put more runs on the board, you can never have too much pitching and no one knows that better than John Farrell. I hope we see Workman as part of this staff in the coming weeks because he has been one of the club’s most consistent performers this season.