Clay Buchholz went to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his strained flexor tendon and the Red Sox right-hander received a platelet-rich plasma injection as a new form of treatment.
The good news is that Dr. Andrews did not advise Buchholz to undergo surgery. The bad news is that his recovery has been halted for what general manager Ben Cherington told Jimmy Toscano of CSNNE.com will be “a few weeks.”
Toscano also notes that Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman received a platelet-rich plasma injection as treatment for his elbow injury in April and ended up having Tommy John surgery in June, so Buchholz is hardly out of the woods yet.
There’s a strong chance Buchholz has pitched his last game this season, in which case he’d finish the year with a 3.26 ERA and 107/23 K/BB ratio in 113 innings after struggling with a 5.34 ERA in 2014.
Two months ago Brandon Workman was advised not to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery following a visit with Dr. James Andrews, but the Red Sox right-hander went under the knife Monday after the rest-and-rehab route didn’t work.
Workman will miss the remainder of this season and most of 2016, putting his future with the Red Sox in doubt at age 26. He posted a 5.11 ERA and 117/51 K/BB ratio in 129 innings for Boston during the past two seasons while splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen.
For a guy who has been described as a near-invalid, barely able to walk and engaged in an epic game of chicken with the Yankees to see if he’ll retire before the Yankees release him, he’s hitting pretty well.
Rodriguez just hit a 3-1 Brandon Workman pitch over the left field wall at Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa. It’s his first homer of spring training and his first homer in any competitive setting since September 2013. Folks on the scene are saying that the crowd roared its approval at A-Rod’s solo shot. Which puts lie to another favorite A-Rod narrative about how everyone hates him and wishes he’d just go away. Really, it’s just a handful of media types and the people who actually sign his checks who feel that way.
With the caveat of “it’s still early in spring training” always applied, let the record reflect that Rodriguez is now 5-for-11 (.455) with that homer and two RBI thus far. That’s a line of .455/.538/.818.
Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that Brandon Workman will enter spring training as a reliever, per WEEI’s Rob Bradford. He’ll be competing for a spot at the back of the bullpen.
Farrell said, “I met with Brandon at Winter Weekend (last weekend in Foxwoods) and let him know to think along the lines of coming in as a reliever and that’s where we see him.”
Workman made 15 starts and four relief appearances for the club last season, finishing with a 1-10 record, a 5.17 ERA, and a 70/36 K/BB ratio in 87 innings. Recent acquisitions Alexi Ogando and Robbie Ross are also expected to contribute out of the bullpen.
Brandon Workman has done a solid job for the Red Sox, posting a 4.13 ERA in 52 innings split between the rotation and bullpen, but the 25-year-old right-hander has been optioned back to Triple-A following last night’s loss to the White Sox.
The move made room for the arrival of Rubby De La Rosa, who was called up from Triple-A to start tonight’s game.
Workman took the demotion in stride and manager John Farrell actually praised his performance last night, so it’s possible the Red Sox are simply using his demotion to lessen a roster logjam and plan to recall him from the minors shortly after the All-Star break.