Ranaudo, 24, who already earned a victory for Boston against the Yankees in Fenway on Aug. 1, will be returning to the Red Sox rotation and starting Wednesday in place of Brandon Workman. Ranaudo held the Yankees to two runs and four hits over six innings.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said that based on Ranaudo's last performance, there are a few things that come to mind when Ranaudo is pitching.
“Poise. Ability to get people out with his fastball,” Farrell said Tuesday afternoon. “And I think the biggest thing is when he got a man on base he kept the game under control and it didn’t speed up on him.”
The Boston skipper also said he thinks Workman needs some time off.
“Just the view over the last couple starts with Brandon, as well as coming out of the bullpen the other night (in the 19-inning loss to Anaheim) -- those things combined felt like he could use some extended rest,” Farrell said. “And I think as much as what happened last year with him pitching two more months than he’s ever pitched in his life has some carryover here. So all things combined, we’re giving him a little bit of a breather.”
“I’m sure (Bradley’s) probably a little frustrated by it because we saw in a stretch before the All-Star break where we thought he was really turning the corner,” Farrell said. “There were a lot more consistent at-bats and hard contact being made, and yet the consistency is yet to be had.”
While the rookie Bradley is a standout on defense, the manager said the team needs to have him reach some consistency on offense. He did not say, however, that a decision has been made to send Bradley down to the minors.
“Where we are right now, we want -- we need -- every one of our guys to carry the weight offensively,” he said. “The at-bats he had when he came off the bench Saturday night were the type of swings that we were looking for and striving for, and yet Sunday was a little bit of the reverse. We’re challenged with trying to get him to repeat the swing that we’ve discussed.”
* Farrell also said the club is hopeful that both catcher David Ross and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig (both on the 15-day disabled list) could return to on-field batting practice when the team returns home to Boston.
“When we get through the next steps of increasing activity, we’ll look at the potential for a rehab assignment for both,” he said.