After Jon Lester was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday – and could be on the move at any time – righthander Brandon Workman was tabbed to start the finale of a three-game set against the Blue Jays, with the Sox looking to salvage a win after having lost their last five games with Toronto.
Workman was officially recalled from Pawtucket to the Red Sox after Felix Doubront was dealt to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.
Workman has started eight games for the Sox this season, and pitched in three more, totaling a 1-3 record with a 4.13 ERA. In his last start with the big club before being sent back to Pawtucket, Workman allowed five runs, three of them earned, on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings against the Chicago White Sox on July 8.
This will be Workman’s first career start against Toronto. His only career appearance against the Blue Jays came in relief on Aug. 14, 2013, when he allowed one run over three innings. No current Blue Jays hitter has reached base against him, as Jose Bautista is 0-for-2 and Munenori Kawasaki and Jose Reyes are each 0-for-1.
Going for the Blue Jays will be lefthander Mark Buehrle, looking to add to his 10-7 record this year with a 3.19 ERA in 21 starts. He’s been shaky in his last two starts, allowing 11 runs on 17 hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in nine total innings.
Buerhle has already faced the Red Sox twice this season, and is 9-10 with a 4.46 ERA in 26 games against the Red Sox in his career, 25 of them starts.