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Red Sox add Bradley and Workman

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 9, 2013 07:49 PM

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SEATTLE — The Red Sox Tuesday recalled outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and purchased the contract of righthander Brandon Workman. Both were at Triple A Pawtucket.

Righthander Jose De La Torre was optioned back to Pawtucket and righthander Alex Wilson was placed on 15-day disabled list with what the team said was a right thumb injury.

Jacoby Ellsbury remains at least a few days away from playing because of a sore left wrist. Shane Victorino was cleared to play, but the Red Sox wanted another outfielder on the roster who could play center.

Bradley is starting in center field and batting ninth. Workman will pitch out of the bullpen.

Workman, 24, was a second-round pick out of the University of Texas in 2010. He was 8-2 with a 3.21 earned run average in 17 games for Double A Portland and Pawtucket this season. Over 101 innings he allowed 90 hits and struck out 108.

Workman has not worked in relief since his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas.

In the last 32 days, the Red Sox have made 38 roster moves involving 21 different players. They have not gone more than four consecutive games with the same 25-man roster since May 29 to June 8.

“It’s not what you expect but that’s the nature of the game,” Bradley said. “You try and make the best of the opportunities you get. You learn something every time you go on the field.”

Bradley started the season with the Sox before being optioned on April 20. He was recalled May 29, optioned on June 7 and is now back for what could be just a few days.

The Red Sox needed a center fielder with Jacoby Ellsbury out of the lineup for a second straight game because of a sore left wrist. Shane Victorino was back in right field after missing two games with a left hamstring strain.

The Red Sox started Daniel Nava in center field on Monday in an 11-4 loss against the Mariners. He had never played the position before in the majors and misjudged several balls. Nava also had a throwing error that led to a run.

“We’ve got a few tentative situations with Victorino and with Ellsbury. We needed another center fielder in Jackie,” manager John Farrell said.

Ellsbury took some swings in the batting cage before the game.

“He felt like he was ready to go even though there’s still some soreness there,” Farrell said. “With what he’s still experiencing, didn’t want to risk it.”

Workman was an intriguing addition. The 24-year-old was a second-round pick out of the University of Texas in 2010 and has moved steadily through the system since. He was 8-2 with a 3.21 earned run average in 17 games for Double A Portland and Pawtucket. Over 101 innings he allowed 90 hits and struck out 108.

“So many people talk highly of the ability to keep the game under control. A very competitive guy. Looking forward to seeing that power arm in our pen,” Farrell said.

Workman has not worked in relief since his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas and the two seasons in the Cape Cod League that followed. But the Red Sox believe he has the skills and temperament to pitch well out of the bullpen.

The Red Sox are curious to see whether his velocity and the crispness of his pitches improves over shorter stints.

As the team investigates the trade market, Workman will get a chance to contribute in that role.

“He’s here. He’s got an opportunity to be that,” Farrell said. “How it unfolds, we’ll see. But we like a lot about him. Not just from the mental side, but the physical side. … We wanted to look at all internal options first before we aggressively pursue anything else.
“I’m sure that time will come. But right we’ve got a chance to take a look at one of our own guys.”

Said Workman: “It was definitely a surprise. I haven’t done it since college, so it wasn’t something I was expecting at all. But I’m really excited about it.”

De La Torre pitched 1.2 innings and threw 50 pitches in Monday’s 11-4 loss against Seattle. That left him unavailable for a few days and expendable.

Wilson, after a promising start to his rookie season, was starting to get hit hard. He gave up three runs on three hits on Monday — two of them doubles

In his last six appearances, Wilson had allowed eight runs on nine hits over five innings.

According to Farrell, Wilson felt a “popping sensation” in his thumb while on the mound on Monday. He was sent back to Boston to be examined. There are indications the injury could require surgery.

“This might require some down time for him,” Farrell said.

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