The Red Sox’ last start before the All-Star break belongs to Brandon Workman.
Manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game in Oakland that Workman will start Sunday’s game against the Athletics. Workman, who made his major league debut Wednesday in Seattle, will be making his first big league start.
“The other night, Brandon’s two innings of work were on his fifth day. Forty-seven pitches puts him in line to be fresh and ready to go for Sunday,” Farrell told reporters Friday. “We happen to fall on the schedule where he does get work on his normal day and we’re not disrupting his routine all that much to make him available for the start.”
Drake Britton, who was recently promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket, was the other final candidate to make Sunday’s start. Steven Wright had been a candidate as well, but he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen Thursday while earning his first major league win.
Workman pitched two innings against the Mariners in his debut. He surrendered three runs on four hits in the eighth inning, but he bounced back to pitch a perfect ninth. The 24-year-old recorded four strikeouts in the outing.