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Red Sox minor lines: Brandon Workman's struggles continue

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Brandon Workman's return from Tommy John has been a disaster.

Pawtucket W 9-3 (8/29)

Rusney Castillo: 2-5
Christian Vazquez: 1-2, 2 BB

Robby Scott: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Pawtucket L 0-2 (8/30)

Rusney Castillo: 0-4, 3 K

Justin Haley: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Kyle Martin: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Heath Hembree: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Gonna have to find some 40-man room for the Pawtucket bullpen, but even if Scott had himself a very bad day, at this point the Sox should probably be throwing everything possible at the wall and seeing if anything sticks.

Portland L 1-7 (8/29)

Mauricio Dubon: 0-3

Portland L 6-7 (8/30)

Yoan Moncada: 1-4, BB, K
Mauricio Dubon: 1-5, 3B, K

Brandon Workman: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis Ysla: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Workman has been pretty awful in his return from Tommy John surgery. He's walked seven batters in ten innings for the Sea Dogs, and given up five homers between Double-A and Short-Season ball. The former is pretty bad in its own right, but when a pitcher who's thrown in the majors can't avoid the longball against rookies, it's bad news. Granted, Workman hasn't exactly been a central figure in Boston's plans since he went under the knife. But they've really gotta hope that this isn't an ill omen for Carson Smith for the sake of the bullpen down the line.

Salem L 1-4

Joseph Monge: 0-4, 4 K
Rafael Devers: 1-4, SB
Nick Longhi: 0-3, 2 K

Greenville W 7-3

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, BB, K, SB, POCS
Josh Ockimey: 1-3, HR, BB, K
Austin Rei: 1-2, 2 BB

Marc Brakeman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

It's not great news for Austin Rei that he's not producing offensively even as he is drawing plenty of walks. He has a walk rate of over 10%, but only a .665 OPS. Minor leaguers with profiles like his--discipline, but a general inability to punish strikes--tends to go way downhill when the pitchers show the ability to find the zone at higher levels. Given that he doesn't have much further to go...Yeah.

Lowell W 9-2 (8/29)

C.J. Chatham: 2-5
Ryan Hanigan: 2-4, BB
Tyler Hill: 1-5, K
Bobby Dalbec: 2-5, 3 K
Yoan Aybar: 1-4

Matthew Gorst: 4 IP,  3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Lowell W 8-4 (8/30)

C.J. Chatham: 1-5, K
Ryan Hanigan: 2-4, BB, K
Tyler HIll: 2-5, 2B
Bobby Dalbec: 2-5, 2B, 3 K

Going 4-for-10 with six strikeouts is a weird way to bat .400, and certainly not sustainable. But given that he hasn't had huge K issues in the process of crushing short-season pitching makes it easy to forgive a couple questionable games.