Workman allowed one walk but struck out two to record his first save of the season Sunday against the Astros. Workman was called upon in the ninth inning to face the bottom of the Astros' order and successfully shut them down to record his first career save. The Red Sox opted to use Matt Barnes in the eighth inning with Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick due up. Given Ryan Brasier's recent struggles with control, the save chance fell to Workman, who may now also enter the team's clustered closer picture.
Workman (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning, striking out one and earning the win in Wednesday's 6-5 extra-innings win over the Rockies. Workman has allowed two runs over 4.2 innings in his last six appearances, striking out six batters in that span. The reliever owns a 2.33 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in 22 appearances spanning 19.1 innings this season. He's racked up eight holds, but typically serves more in middle-relief situations rather than the late innings.
Workman did not allow a hit and struck out one over a scoreless inning in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the White Sox. Workman was credited with his team-high seventh hold, shutting down the pale hose in the seventh inning when the carmine hose held a lead. He's allowed just two hits (both singles) over 14.2 innings, and opponents are hitting just .047 against him. His 12 walks are scary (7.4 BB/9), but if he's not giving up hits, then the free passes don't hurt.
Workman (0-1) allowed three runs on a hit and two walks over a third of an inning in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Workman, who had left the game with the bases loaded, watched as Ryan Brasier allowed all three of those inherited runners to score on a grand slam. Those were the first runs Workman's allowed after eight consecutive scoreless appearances. That manager Alex Cora used Workman in the seventh inning with Boston ahead is a sign of the manager's growing confidence in the reliever, although that confidence may have taken a hit Wednesday.
Workman allowed one walk while striking out two over a scoreless eighth inning in Friday's 6-4 win over Baltimore. Workman entered a game with Boston leading for the first time this season and earned his first hold in his seventh appearance. He had been part of an overused bullpen during Boston's rough road trip to start the season, pitching when the Red Sox were behind, but his string of scoreless outings has manager Alex Cora using him in late-game situations. Workman has allowed one hit and three walks while striking out nine over 6.1 scoreless innings.