Workman struck out two and did not allow a hit or walk over one scoreless inning in Sunday's spring game against Atlanta.
Workman made his first appearance of spring, backing up Nathan Eovaldi's three shutout innings with one of his own in the fourth. He's expected to open the season as Boston's closer, but he doesn't possess a high-end fastball and only landed the closing role in 2019 when the Red Sox cycled through back-end options.
Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke said Workman will open the season as Boston's closer, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Workman finished out the 2019 season as the closer after the Red Sox started the season without a set end-game option. "I think so," Roenicke said about Workman's candidacy for the role. "I think what he did last year deserves that shot to be the closer. I think it's always more ideal if you have roles for those guys." The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.01 ERA with 13 saves (two blown) during the second half of the season. He doesn't own overpowering stuff, but Workman was able to fool opponents on the way to a career-best 13.1 K/9.
Workman agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
This was his third and final year as an arbitration-eligible player. He will be a free agent after the season and should get plenty of high-leverage opportunities with Boston.
Workman walked one in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his 16th save of the season in a 12-10 win over the Rangers.
Manager Alex Cora suggested that Workman's usage was going to be limited over the final week, but after the right-hander pitched twice this weekend against the Rays, he found himself right back on the bump Tuesday. It's hard to blame the manager for sticking with what works -- Workman has a 0.00 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 15:6 K:BB over 10.1 innings in September, and is a perfect 7-for-7 in converting save chances.
Manager Alex Cora said he'll try to stay away from high-leverage relievers, including Workman, after the current series with Tampa Bay ends Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Workman has emerged as Boston's closer over the second half of the season, but it looks like Cora will try to limit his usage after Monday's series finale against the Rays. Limiting Workman could have an impact as fantasy leagues wrap up this week. Cora added the names Matt Barnes, Josh Taylor, Darwinzon Hernandez and Marcus Walden to the list of pitchers he plans to stay away from over the final week. It's unclear which reliever will get a chance if a save opportunity presents itself. Of the relievers not on the list, Ryan Brasier has the most saves (seven).
Workman earned the save against the Giants on Thursday, allowing one run (unearned) on one hit and a pair of walks while striking out three.
Tasked with protecting a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning, Workman quickly found himself in trouble. After Brandon Belt reached on a throwing error by Chris Owings, Workman loaded up the bases by allowing a single to Cristhian Adames and a walk to Chris Shaw. The right-hander rebounded with back-to-back strikeouts, but unfortunately he then walked in a run. Luckily, Workman finished things off by punching out Evan Longoria en route to the 5-4 victory. Lyles owns a 1.98 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 15 saves across 31 appearances this season.
Workman walked one batter but didn't allow any hits or runs and recorded one strikeout to post a save in a 6-3 victory against the Phillies on Sunday.
The 31-year-old has registered five straight save chances and hasn't allowed an earned run in his last five innings since his last blown save on Aug. 30. Workman has pitched well all season, but now with the ninth-inning role, his fantasy value is rising. Workman is 9-1 with 14 saves, 15 holds, a 2.04 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 66.1 innings this season.
Workman threw a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the the Phillies, striking out two and walking one to record his 13th save of the season.
Workman was handed just a one-run lead and made things interesting with a leadoff walk to Cesar Hernandez to start the inning, but the Phillies couldn't advance the runner, let alone bring him in to score. Workman now owns an excellent 2.07 ERA and a 35.6 percent strikeout rate on the season.
Workman earned a four-out save against the Blue Jays on Thursday, allowing one run (unearned) on one hit while striking out one.
After Matt Barnes walked in a run in the eighth inning, Workman came in with the bases loaded to record the final out. He continued into the ninth frame, allowing an unearned run to score on a sacrifice fly after a passed ball put Cavan Biggio in scoring position. That would be as close as the Blue Jays would get as Workman slammed the door by punching out Justin Smoak. The save was the 12th of the year for the right-hander, who owns a sturdy 2.10 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
Workman recorded the final two outs without allowing a baserunner to earn the save Wednesday against the Twins.
Workman was called upon to secure a four-run lead after Darwinzon Hernandez walked consecutive batters. He quickly ended the rally, inducing Nelson Cruz into a game-ending double play, earning his 11th save of the season. After serving primarily as a setup man in the first half of the season, Workman has earned eight of the team's last 10 saves. Overall, he owns a 2.14 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 90 strikeouts across 63 innings.
Workman hit one batter and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, earning the save over the Angels.
Workman beaned Mike Trout with two outs but forced a Brian Goodwin flyout to close things out. It was a nice bounceback after he blew his last chance Friday. The 31-year-old is now 10-for-16 in save opportunities with a 2.20 ERA.
Workman struck out one but allowed two runs on two hits and four walks over 1.1 innings, blowing the save in Friday's 7-6 extra-innings win over the Angels.
Workman got into trouble in the ninth inning after previously coming on to record the final out in the eighth. A two-run single by Albert Pujols tied the game, which accounted for Workman's sixth blown save of the season. He's now allowed runs in three of his last seven appearances. For the year, the right-hander has a 2.24 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 86:39 K:BB in 60.1 innings, having recorded nine saves and 15 holds.
Workman earned the save against the Rockies on Wednesday after tossing a perfect inning with three strikeouts.
Tasked with protecting a 7-4 lead in the ninth inning, Workman worked his way through a tough part of the Rockies' lineup by striking out the side en route to his ninth save of the season. Across 60 appearances, Workman owns a solid 1.98 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Workman walked two and struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his eighth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Padres.
He made things interesting, alternating whiffs and free passes and tossing a wild pitch into the mix for good measure, but Workman managed to get the job done. It's his first save since Aug. 8, and he's now 5-for-6 on save chances in the second half with a 2.70 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 26:7 K:BB through 16.2 innings.
Workman (9-1) was charged with the blown save after giving up one run on two hits with one strikeout during the ninth inning Tuesday at Cleveland, but he still earned the victory as the Red Sox won in 10 innings.
Workman immediately ran into trouble by allowing a leadoff single and a stolen base, and Francisco Lindor brought home the tying run with a double. The 31-year-old has a 2.00 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74:32 K:BB over 54 innings this season and seems to be locked in as the primary closer for now.
Workman struck out two while retiring the side in order to record the save in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Angels.
Workman finished off a stellar effort from Chris Sale by throwing 10 of 16 pitches for strikes as he made quick work of the visitors. His ERA is down to 1.92 for the season, and the right-hander continues to pitch well in high-leverage situations. He also has 15 holds to his credit. Workman should continue to operate in a similar multi-faceted role down the stretch.
Workman gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his sixth save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Royals.
Nathan Eovaldi gave up a run in the seventh inning and Matt Barnes three more in the eighth, creating a save situation for Workman while putting themselves further away from usurping his closing duties. The right-hander now has a 1.99 ERA and 68:32 K:BB through 49.2 innings this season.
Workman is considered effectively the Red Sox's closer and could remain in the role even with Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) about to return from the injured list, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Previous reports suggested that Eovaldi would close once activated, but those reports may have been premature. Eovaldi is converting to relief to ease the strain on his oft-injured arm and could eventually take over the role, but Workman appears set for a healthy number of save chances in the near future. He owns an excellent 1.84 ERA on the season and is second on the team with five saves.
Workman gave up one run on one hit and two walks over 1.2 innings of relief to record his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. He struck out four.
After Toronto closed to 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning off Josh Taylor, Workman got the call and struck out Justin Smoak and Freddy Galvis to end the threat with runners on first and second. Boston tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame, and it proved to be crucial when Workman ran into trouble of his own in the ninth. The right-hander appears to be the closer du jour for the Red Sox, but his stint in the role is expected to end once Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) comes off the IL.
Workman tossed a perfect ninth inning Monday to record his fourth save of the season in a 10-8 win over the Blue Jays.
The right-hander induced three groundball outs to finish things off after Toronto had scored four runs in the eighth against Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes to create the save situation. Workman now has a 1.70 ERA and 58:28 K:BB through 42.1 innings, notching 14 holds over 45 appearances in addition to his saves, but he should return to regular setup duty once Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) is activated and installed as Boston's new closer.
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