Earlier this week, Brandon Workman let the Red Sox know he was going to trigger the opt-out in his minor-league contract he signed with the team in May, giving them 48 hours to make a decision on whether to call him up to the majors or let him become a free agent. As we discussed in that linked post, it seemed to make the most sense to bring him up to replace Colten Brewer. That is what is happening, as Alex Cora told the media prior to Thursday’s series finale in Houston that the former closer would re-join the active roster.
Cora says that Workman will join the Sox.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) June 3, 2021
To make room on the active roster, Brewer has indeed been optioned back down to Worcester after making just one appearance at the major-league level.
Colten Brewer is being optioned.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) June 3, 2021
One thing we do not know as of this writing is how they are making room on the 40-man roster. Cora indicated that would be announced before first pitch, so we’ll provide an update here soon. Some options could be to move Hudson Potts to the 60-day injured list, designating someone like Brewer or Brandon Brennan, or even a minor trade involving someone like Marcus Wilson. It should be noted another move will be needed relatively soon whenever Ryan Brasier is ready to return.
As for Workman, the Red Sox are hoping he can provide a shot in the arm for this bullpen that has been solid, but is still looking to fill some cracks. The righty was dominant for Boston back in 2019, but he started to slip in the first half of last season before being traded to the Phillies and struggling mightily there in the second half. He then signed with Chicago this past winter and pitched to a 6.75 ERA over eight innings with 11 strikeouts and seven walks.
Despite those struggles, the Red Sox are hoping they solved some of his issues down in Worcester, where Workman pitched to a 1.29 ERA over seven innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks. Expect the veteran to start in some lower leverage situations, but it may not take long for him to move up the ladder. Given the recent struggles, it’s fair not to expect much, but this is certainly worth a shot over Brewer.
Update (1:10 PM ET)
To make room on the 40-man, the team designated Colten Brewer for assignment.
Red Sox designated Colten Brewer for assignment.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 3, 2021