Anthony Ranaudo will replace Brandon Workman in the rotation. Well, at least for now. Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced on MLB Network Radio that the team intends to call up Ranaudo to start Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, pushing Allen Webster's start back to Thursday and skipping over Workman.
This will be Ranaudo's second career start. He last pitched in the majors in a win over the New York Yankees on August 1, giving up only 2 runs over 6 innings. He's spent most of this season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he's 13-4 with a 2.58 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 125.2 innings this year. MLB.com lists Ranaudo as Boston's No. 6 prospect and 81st overall. He may not be a future ace, but he projects as a solid mid-rotation starter that should be in the mix for a starting spot next season (or trade bait as part of a package for a top of the rotation starter). Either way, the Red Sox will want to get more of a look at him before the end of the season.
As for Workman, getting skipped in the rotation may only be temporary. He's still penciled in as the starter for next Monday's game against the Angels, but the Red Sox may hold off on committing to that until after seeing how Ranaudo does. Another solid start could earn him more chances. Meanwhile, Workman has struggled lately, taking the loss in his last 6 appearances – the last of which came out of the bullpen in Saturday's 19-inning marathon, which ended when Workman gave up a walk-off home run to Albert Pujols. He only faced one batter in that outing, but the between starts appearance combined with his recent struggles likely led to the team's decision to give him a rest.
Boston will option Edwin Escobar back to Pawtucket to clear room on the roster for Ranaudo, which suggests Workman will be sticking around. What his role will be is yet to be determined, but for now we can expect him to jump back into the rotation when his next turn comes around – unless of course Ranaudo pitches well enough to steal that spot.
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