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.
Workman triggered the opt-out in his minor-league Red Sox contract Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
The Red Sox have 48 hours to promote or release the veteran reliever. The latter seems most likely, as Workman has struggled mightily since leaving Boston at the 2020 trade deadline and the team is awaiting the return of reliever Ryan Brasier (calf), who's about ready to begin a rehab assignment.
Workman signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Workman was released by the Cubs on Friday, but he'll now return to the Red Sox organization. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Worcester, but he could be a candidate to return to the major-league bullpen at some point this year. Workman made 10 relief appearances for the Cubs to begin the season, posting a 6.75 ERA and 2.38 WHIP in eight innings.
The Cubs released Workman on Friday.
Workman went unclaimed off waivers after the Cubs designated him for assignment last week, but rather than remaining in the organization and reporting to Triple-A Iowa, he'll seek work elsewhere. The 32-year-old boasts 219 games worth of big-league experience, but he'll likely be forced to settle for a minor-league deal in free agency, given his poor results over the past two seasons.
Workman was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Thursday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Workman had been relatively strong early in the season, but he gave up six runs (four earned) in 1.2 innings across his last two appearances. As a result, the right-hander will be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for southpaw Justin Steele, who was recalled by the Cubs in a corresponding move.
Workman (0-2) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk across an inning of work to take the loss Monday against Atlanta.
Workman got the fifth inning in a 5-5 game and promptly put two runners on, then allowed a three-run home to Freddie Freeman. Workman has 10 strikeouts across 7.1 innings this season, but he's also allowed two home runs and five earned runs already. With Craig Kimbrel pitching well in the closer's role, Workman should stick in middle relief, which limits his fantasy appeal.
Workman was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Workman had been away from the team since he was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday, but he'll be eligible to pitch in Saturday's matchup against Atlanta. The right-hander has posted a 4.91 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 3.2 innings across four relief appearances to begin the year.
Workman was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
The Cubs haven't specified whether Workman has contracted the virus himself or has merely been exposed to someone who did. He'll be eligible to return to the roster once he clears health and safety protocols.
Workman (0-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and struck out one over one inning to take the loss Wednesday versus the Brewers.
Workman pitched the 10th inning, but he allowed a three-run homer to Lorenzo Cain. The Cubs couldn't cover the damage in the bottom half of the inning. The 32-year-old Workman hadn't allowed a run in his previous two outings. He's racked up three strikeouts, three hits, two walks and a hold over 2.2 innings this season. Workman will likely continue in setup role to closer Craig Kimbrel.
Workman pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts to record a hold in Saturday's win over the Pirates.
Workman worked a clean and efficient seventh inning, needing just 10 pitches to retire the side in order. The righty figures to have a prominent role with the Cubs, and he should be able to rack up plenty of holds. He could also get a chance to save games if Craig Kimbrel struggles like he did the past few seasons.
Workman has not allowed a run across five Cactus League innings while striking out eight.
Workman joined the Cubs on a one-year deal in mid-February and he's looked right at home so far. The righty reliever had a down 2020, posting a 5.95 ERA and 2.24 WHIP across 19.2 innings with the Red Sox and Phillies, but he was much better in 2019 (1.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 71.2 innings for Boston). Workman figures to slot into a setup role with Chicago, but he could end up getting save opportunities if Craig Kimbrel struggles.
Workman agreed Wednesday with the Cubs on a one-year, $1 million contract that includes an additional $2 million in incentives, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer hinted in a conference call Tuesday the team was looking to add another veteran piece to the bullpen, and the Cubs appear to have found their man in Workman. While Craig Kimbrel and Rowan Wick (intercostal) look to be first in line for save chances out of the bullpen, Workman should be one of the top closers in waiting among the Cubs' remaining relief options. The 32-year-old endured a tough 2020 season while splitting time between Boston and Philadelphia (5.95 ERA, 2.24 WHIP in 21 appearances), but he was one of baseball's most effective late-inning arms in 2019. While serving as Boston's closer for a portion of that season, Workman notched 16 saves and submitted a 1.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 104 strikeouts over 71.2 innings.
Workman (1-4) took the loss in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, recording one out in the eighth inning before serving up a walkoff two-run home run to Yadiel Hernandez.
Hector Neris has been the Phillies' primary closer lately, but after he held the Nats scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings, Workman got the call in the eighth and once again failed to get the job done. The right-hander has blown three of his eight save chances since coming over from the Red Sox and given up homers in three of his last four appearances. With the Phillies' playoff chances suddenly in freefall after being swept in Tuesday's twin bill, Workman may be kept far away from any leads the team does build over the final days of the season.
Workman (0-1) took the loss against the Mets on Thursday, retiring only one batter while allowing three runs on three hits and striking out one.
Workman entered the contest in the ninth inning with the score knotted at six and surrendered a home run to Brandon Nimmo on the second pitch of his outing. He was unable to settle down thereafter, allowing two more hits -- including a run-scoring triple -- before exiting the contest. While Workman has converted five of six save opportunities since joining Philadelphia, he has been far from the shutdown closer the Phillies had hoped for. Over 11 appearances with the team, Workman has allowed eight earned runs and 18 hits over 10.1 innings while posting a troublesome 11:8 K:BB.
Workman (1-2) took the loss and blew the save against Miami on Thursday, pitching one inning and allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out one.
Workman was called upon to protect a three-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded. He allowed all three inherited runners to score on a Starling Marte double, then walked Jesus Aguilar before registering his first out. The shaky outing continued in the ninth when Workman gave up the winning run on a pair of singles and a walk. Since joining the Phillies on Aug. 21, Workman has successfully converted five of seven save chances while surrendering five earned runs and issuing a concerning eight walks in 10.1 innings.
Workman struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his ninth save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Mets.
The 32-year-old appears to be settling in as the Phillies' closer. Workman has converted five straight save chances, and over his last six appearances he's posted a 3.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 8:3 K:BB.
Workman allowed one hit, one walk and struck out one during a scoreless ninth inning as he earned the fourth save Wednesday against the Nationals.
Workman retired the first two batters he faced but then allowed a double to Kurt Suzuki and walked Brock Holt before getting Luis Garcia to ground out to end the game. Workman now owns a 4.50 ERA and has converted four of his five save chances since being traded to Philadelphia on Aug. 21.
Workman allowed one hit and one walk and struck out during a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Saturday against Atlanta.
It was hardly a proficient performance as he delivered only nine of his 19 pitches for strikes, but the right-hander was able to keep the Braves off the board all the same. Workman has now made five appearances since being acquired by the Phillies on Aug. 21, and he's converted three of four save chances with two runs allowed on 10 hits and four walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings. Overall this season he has a 4.09 ERA and 2.18 WHIP over 12 outings between Boston and Philadelphia.
Workman pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing two hits but also striking out two as he picked up his second save in a Phillies uniform Wednesday.
Workman allowed a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick in the ninth and quickly found himself in a jam with runners on the corners and one out. Fortunately, the right-hander was able to work himself out of trouble by striking out the next two hitters to earn his sixth save of the season (second with Philadelphia).
|Last 7 Games|
|06/12||vs TOR||L 2-7||1.0||1||1||0||0|
|06/11||vs TOR||W 6-5||0.1||2||0||0||1|
|06/09||vs HOU||L 3-8||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|06/08||vs HOU||L 1-7||2.0||1||0||1||1|
|06/05||@ NYY||W 7-3||0.2||0||0||2||1|
|06/03||@ HOU||W 5-1||1.0||1||1||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||24.0||11||0||0||1||0||2||26||4||24||4.50||1.167|
|2012||AFA-Salem Red Sox||113.2||20||20||0||7||7||0||107||20||104||3.42||1.095|
|2012||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||7.1||4||0||0||0||0||0||8||2||4||1.27||0.845|
|2012||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||55.2||27||1||0||4||2||1||47||25||49||3.91||1.341|
|2012||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||25.0||5||5||0||3||1||0||23||5||23||3.96||1.120|
|2013||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||35.1||6||6||0||3||1||0||34||13||39||2.82||1.482|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||65.2||11||10||0||5||1||0||74||17||51||3.45||1.043|
|2014||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||61.1||11||11||0||7||1||0||55||17||61||4.12||1.277|
|2016||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||10.0||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||7||15||9.00||2.200|
|2016||R-GCL Red Sox||2.0||1||1||0||0||1||0||3||0||2||4.50||1.000|
|2017||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||29.0||18||0||0||4||1||2||35||13||16||1.55||1.000|
|2018||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||30.0||17||0||0||2||1||1||34||5||21||3.90||0.867|