The Red Sox released Workman on Sunday after he elected free agency. Rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Worcester after he went unclaimed off waivers, Workman will head to the open market and hope to land a minor-league deal with another organization. Over 29 relief appearances between the Red Sox and Cubs this season, Workman has posted a 5.46 ERA and 2.04 WHIP across 28 innings.
Workman was designated for assignment Thursday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Workman has pitched for both the Cubs and Red Sox this season but has struggled to a 5.46 ERA across 28 innings. The move created roster space for the addition of Kyle Schwarber (hamstring), who was acquired by the Red Sox prior to the trade deadline.
Workman (1-2) gave up a run on two hits and a walk in one inning, but he earned the win Sunday versus the Yankees. Workman became the pitcher of record when the Red Sox posted a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth, and Matt Barnes was able to convert the save. The 32-year-old Workman has amassed a 4.68 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 23:21 K:BB across 25 innings between the Red Sox and the Cubs this season. He's added four holds, but he hasn't seen a lot of high-leverage work.
Workman allowed one run on one hit and struck out two in the ninth inning during Thursday's 5-1 win over the Astros. He served up Yuli Gurriel's ninth-inning home run while making his season debut for Boston. Workman was set to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract, but the Red Sox purchased his contract and placed him on the active roster. The 32-year-old began his career in Boston and was once a key member of the Red Sox's bullpen. The team could use a consistent arm for late-inning work, but Workman is expected to serve in a low-leverage role for now, as he did Thursday.
Workman's contract was selected from Triple-A Worcester prior to Thursday's game in Houston, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. The 32-year-old righty logged a 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in seven innings over seven appearances at Triple-A. He will occupy a middle-relief role for Boston going forward.
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