OAKLAND, Calif. — The Red Sox will start 24-year-old rookie righthander Brandon Workman on Sunday against Oakland All-Star Bartolo Colon.
Workman pitched two innings in relief in Seattle on Wednesday, throwing 47 pitches. He allowed three runs on four hits in his debut but also struck out four.
Workman was 8-2 with a 3.21 earned run average in 17 appearances (16 starts) for Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket this season.
• Clay Buchholz threw 35 pitches bullpen on Friday afternoon. But he will not make a minor league rehab start on Sunday.
Buchholz will instead throw in the bullpen again on Sunday and possibly on Tuesday in New York before the All-Star game. He would then throw a three-inning simulated game later in the week or stay in the bullpen.
“He threw the ball well. He continues to gain strength,” manager John Farrell said. “In talking to him, that’s probably the thing right now he’s feeling, the continued building back of arm strength.”
Under this latest plan, Buchholz would pitch one minor league game before being activated off the disabled list. According to Farrell, Buchholz is free of the shoulder pain that has kept him out since June 8.
“He’s just in the basically reconditioning phase and getting closer to game shape,” Farrell said.
Based on the schedule the Red Sox laid out, the earliest Buchholz would pitch in a major league game is July 26 or 27. But given the setbacks and delays Buchholz has had along the way, that’s a best-case scenario.
Buchholz was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 12 starts before going on the DL.
“That, to me, is the biggest key for us in the second half. Getting him back to us and taking the necessary steps to rebuild the arm strength,” Farrell said.
• Red Sox radio voice Joe Castiglione will miss tonight’s game for a family matter. He will be back on Saturday. Former big leaguer Dave McCarty will call the game with Dave O’Brien tonight.