BOSTON -- The wait for word on starting pitcher Brandon Workman's appealed suspension has reached Day 5 for the Red Sox and still nothing has been handed down from Major League Baseball.
“It’s kind of the daily watch,” manager John Farrell said.
Workman was originally banned six games on June 3 for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria. He had his appeal heard on June 13. Since then, Workman has been left waiting, taking his turn in the rotation Sunday against the Cleveland Indians; he is still scheduled to take the mound Friday in Oakland.
As he has been left waiting, so has the rest of the team.
“We’re taking steps to keep a couple of guys available to fill in Friday,” Farrell said. “[MLB executive VP of administration] John McHale is kind of the judge and jury in this situation. I don’t know that he pays too much attention to our travel schedule. After the appeal, he’s got all the information and is going through it.”
Following Wednesday’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins, the Red Sox set off for a seven-game West Coast swing through Oakland and Seattle. After an off day next Thursday, the team will play three more against the New York Yankees in the Bronx before returning to Fenway Park on June 30.
Regardless of whether Workman’s appeal reduces the suspension, Farrell still expects the right-hander to miss a start.
“We just have to wait for word,” Farrell said.
In other pregame news, outfielder Shane Victorino’s rehab schedule was interrupted Tuesday night as Triple-A Pawtucket’s contest against the Twins affiliate Rochester Red Wings was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain.
Victorino was expected to play seven innings in right field on Tuesday. He went 0-for-2 at the plate before the game was suspended.
“He still is with Pawtucket, he’s playing there again [Wednesday] which is different than the original schedule because he’s played a total of eight innings there in two days,” Farrell said. “Trying to get him back on the field.”
Farrell said that despite the schedule change, Victorino remains an option to be activated during the team’s trip to Oakland and Seattle.
“It’s a possibility in either of the two [series],” Farrell said. “We’re still somewhat incomplete because of the schedule interrupted and getting a full read on how he reacts and responds to a full nine-inning game. We haven’t gotten there yet.”