Brandon Workman’s Elbow Injury Warrants Opinion From Dr. James Andrews

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April 14, 2015


BOSTON — The Red Sox really are putting Dr. James Andrews to work.

Brandon Workman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right elbow strain, was sent Tuesday to visit Andrews for a second opinion. The right-hander, whom the Red Sox optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket at the end of spring training, hasn?t appeared in a game for the PawSox yet this season.

?The soreness emerged after his final outing in spring training with us,? Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Tuesday night?s game against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park. ?He attempted to throw a bullpen after he was optioned, and there was discomfort there.?

Workman is the second Red Sox player to visit Andrews in recent weeks, as catcher Christian Vazquez underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery performed by the world-renowned surgeon. Boston obviously hopes Workman avoids a similar fate, but it?s typically not good when Andrews is called upon.

?I think any time someone goes to get a second opinion with Dr. Andrews, there?s concern,? Farrell said. ?To what extent there?s damage or injury remains to be seen. And what the follow-up treatment is going to result remains to be seen also.?

Workman, who was set to begin his season in Pawtucket’s bullpen, was placed on the major league DL — rather than the minor league DL — and his stint is retroactive to April 3.

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

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