The Red Sox are still awaiting word from Major League Baseball on Brandon Workman’s appeal of his six-game suspension. The appeal was heard Friday.
Workman is scheduled to start Friday in Oakland. The Sox are making contingency plans.
“We still don’t’ have any word,” said manager John Farrell. It’s kind of the daily watch. And still nothing’s been handed down.
“We’re taking steps to keep a couple of guys available to fill in Friday. We’re hopeful that by today, [MLB executive vice president] John McHale is kind of the judge and jury in this situation. So I don’t know that he pays too much attention to our travel schedule. But after the appeal he’s got all the information and is going thru it. We’re in Day 5 of it right now.”
Whenever the decision is rendered, Workman will miss a start. For now, it’s a matter of when.
“We just have to wait for word,” Farrell said.
Felix Doubront, on the disabled list since May 21 with a left shoulder strain, could be activated to take the start on Friday. While on his rehab assignment, Doubront has been on the same schedule as Workman. In three rehab outings with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Doubront has gone a combined 13 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits and five walks with 15 strikeouts, a 2.63 ERA and an opponents’ average of .208.