Brandon Workman will not make his scheduled start for the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night.
Generally speaking, the day-to-day movements of a minor league team are not worth paying too much attention to. But this late scratch actually means quite a bit to the big league team. With Felix Doubront on the disabled list, Brandon Workman--along with Allen Webster--had been named as a possible replacement for the injured southpaw in Sunday night's game against the Rays. Had he started tonight, Workman would effectively have been out of the running.
Really, though, this could have even larger implications. While we do know that Brandon Workman isn't starting tonight, we don't know if he's been pencilled in for Sunday. It's also entirely possible that Allen Webster will still be the man taking the mound for the Sox over the weekend, with Workman taking Clay Buchholz' next scheduled start on Monday.
While John Farrell has publicly stated there are no plans to remove Buchholz from the rotation, his performance thus far this season has him listed among the worst starters in the American League. It makes no sense for the Red Sox to continue running him out there to get knocked around the park time and again when there are clearly mechanical issues at play--the kind that can be worked out in bullpen sessions and rehab starts where he would not be costing the Red Sox game after game.
Maybe I'm just fooling myself into thinking John Farrell is finally going to do what must be done and send Buchholz to the disabled list. But at least for now there's still hope.