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Workman's ban stays at six games

BOSTON -- After five days of deliberation from Major League Baseball following the appeal of Brandon Workman's six-game suspension, the Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that the right-hander's ban was not reduced and he will begin serving it immediately.

MLB executive vice president of administration John McHale Jr. upheld the ruling.

Workman was banned for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria on May 30. Workman's appeal of the suspension was heard on June 13. He pitched against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday while his appeal was being reviewed and was set to take the mound again Friday in Oakland.

As a result of the suspension, the Red Sox will need to make a roster move in order to bring up a starter to take Workman's spot. Left-hander Felix Doubront, rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket while recovering from a shoulder injury, is the most likely candidate.

Doubront last started for Pawtucket on Sunday, throwing five hitless innings while striking out 10.

After Wednesday's game, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Doubront was a "definite candidate" but that the team would announce a decision regarding Friday's starter on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in the clubhouse, Doubront was seen getting ready to accompany the team on its road trip. Although Doubront said he hasn't been told anything regarding the start, he said he feels ready to return to the rotation.

"I just heard to be ready for Friday," Doubront said. "I'm just ready to come back."