Brandon Workman’s Six Game Suspension Upheld


Brandon WorkmanThe Boston Red Sox have announced that pitcher Brandon Workman lost his appeal to Major League Baseball and will begin his six-game suspension immediately.

Workman was appealing his suspension for throwing behind Tampa Bay Rays’ third baseman Evan Longoria on May 31 at Fenway Park. With Workman’s suspension starting immediately, he will miss his Friday night start in Oakland. Workman is available to return next Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners.

In five starts this season, Workman is 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA. In 34 1/3 innings; he has allowed 11 earn runs on 23 hits and 12 walks with 28 strikeouts and has a 1.019 WHIP.

The Red Sox  left after Wednesday’s game for a 10-day, three-city road trip to Oakland, Seattle and New York.

Boston has kept Felix Doubront, who’s made three rehab starts in Portland and Pawtucket, on the same pitching schedule as Workman just in case Workman lost his appeal. Doubront is expected to start Friday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

Doubront was placed on the disabled list on May 21 with a left shoulder strain. In three rehab outings with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Doubront has pitched a combined 13 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and five walks with 15 strikeouts, a 2.63 ERA and an opponents’ average of .208.

In nine MLB games this season, Doubront has a 2-4 record with a 5.12 ERA. Hitters are batting .277 with seven home runs against Doubront.

Clay Buchholz, who is also on the disabled list with a knee injury, continues to progress in Pawtucket. In his first rehab start, the right-hander threw 4.2 innings on Saturday for the PawSox allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five and walking none in his first rehab start. He threw 62 pitches, 42 of them for strikes.

Buchholz will make another start on Thursday for Pawtucket when the PawSox are in Rochester, N.Y.

With Doubront and Buchholz returning from injury soon, the Red Sox will have to decide if they will insert them back into the rotation, keep Workman or Rubby De La Rose, the two pitchers that replaced them.

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