BOSTON – The Red Sox are still waiting to hear from Major League Baseball on its decision regarding Brandon Workman’s appeal of his six-game suspension for throwing at the Rays’ Evan Longoria on May 30.
The Sox expect a decision early this week, and when it is handed down it will be effective immediately. Workman, who started Sunday, taking a no-decision in an extra-inning loss to the Indians, would be scheduled to start next on Friday at Oakland.
Instead, the Sox may activate Felix Doubront from the disabled list. The lefthander, who has been on the DL since May 21 with a left shoulder strain, has made three rehab starts, one at Double-A Portland and two at Triple-A Pawtucket. He has thrown a combined 13 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and five walks, for a 2.63 ERA, with 15 strikeouts. His last outing was Sunday for the PawSox, when he went five scoreless and hitless innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks.
“Came off a solid outing [Sunday] where his stuff was improved,” said manager John Farrell. “It’s yet to be determined where his next start will be.”
But, with the Sox possibly needing starter on Friday, they would likely turn to Doubront.