DENVER — John Farrell made it clear Tuesday that the playoff roster remains in flux for the Red Sox and that the last few games could determine a few spots.
A few issues at the forefront:
• Brandon Workman’s last five appearances: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. The Sox shut him down for a week to rest, so Tuesday’s erratic outing has an explanation. But Workman’s spot may not be a lock. He said Tuesday that he felt fine physically and was just rusty.
Workman needs a good outing or two to restore some faith.
• Jackie Bradley Jr. is 6 of his last 13 and is working counts again. But that would not be reason to give him a spot. Given the physical questions with Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino, might the Red Sox want to keep Bradley around purely for defensive purposes?
If Victorino tweaks that hamstring again, having Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes flanking Ellsbury is not ideal defensively. If Ellsbury goes out, it would be preferable to have Bradley in center and keep Victorino in right.
• Felix Doubront has a legitimate beef if he’s not on the roster. He’s 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA and the Sox were 18-9 in his starts. Doubront’s ERA is 3.49 since May 21. His ERA+ is 101, good for eighth on the team. Shouldn’t that make him one of the 11 pitchers?
Doubront’s comments about not wanting to pitch in relief didn’t sit well with the decision-makers, and it appears he’s on the outs. But would you rather start an inning with him or Matt Thornton?
Doubront should have taken the “I’ll do anything for the team” approach that Ryan Dempster did.
• Mike Napoli missing the last three games because of plantar fasciitis adds value to Quintin Berry’s pinch-running skills.
Lots to consider and only four games left to consider it.