SEATTLE — The Red Sox usually have their lineup posted in the clubhouse four hours before the start of the game. But on Tuesday, bench coach Torey Lovullo was about an hour behind schedule.
Given all the roster changes in recent weeks, just figuring out who the 25 players are on a given day must be a challenge.
This time, the Red Sox recalled outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and purchased the contract of righthander Brandon Workman. Both were with Triple A Pawtucket.
Righthanded relievers Jose De La Torre and Alex Wilson were taken off the roster. De La Torre was optioned back to Pawtucket and Wilson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb.
In the last 32 days, the Red Sox have made 38 roster moves involving 21 different players. They have not gone more than four consecutive games with the same 25-man roster since May 29 to June 8.
“It’s not what you expect but that’s the nature of the game,” Bradley said. “You try and make the best of the opportunities you get. You learn something every time you go on the field.”
Bradley, who went 1-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday’s win, started the season with the Sox before being optioned April 20. He was recalled May 29, optioned June 7 and is now back for what could be just a few days.
The Sox needed a center fielder with Jacoby Ellsbury out of the lineup for a second straight game because of a sore left wrist. Shane Victorino was back in right field after missing two games with a left hamstring strain.
The Sox started Daniel Nava in center field Monday in an 11-4 loss against the Mariners. He had never played the position before in the majors and misjudged several balls. Nava also had a throwing error that led to a run.
“We’ve got a few tentative situations with Victorino and with Ellsbury. We needed another center fielder in Jackie,” manager John Farrell said.
Ellsbury took some swings in the batting cage before the game.
“He felt like he was ready to go even though there’s still some soreness there,” Farrell said. “With what he’s still experiencing, didn’t want to risk it.”
Farrell said the Sox wouldn’t have recalled Bradley if either Ellsbury or Victorino were fully healthy.
“Fact is they’re not. We need that guy,” Farrell said.
Workman was an intriguing addition. The 24-year-old was a second-round pick out of the University of Texas in 2010 and has moved steadily through the system since. He was 8-2 with a 3.21 earned run average in 17 games for Double A Portland and Pawtucket. Over 101 innings he allowed 90 hits and struck out 108.
“So many people talk highly of the ability to keep the game under control. A very competitive guy. Looking forward to seeing that power arm in our pen,” Farrell said.
Workman has not worked in relief since his freshman and sophomore seasons at Texas and the two seasons in the Cape Cod League that followed. But the Sox believe he has the skills and temperament to pitch well out of the bullpen.
The Sox are curious to see whether his velocity and the crispness of his pitches improves over shorter stints.
As the team investigates the trade market, Workman will get a chance to contribute in that role.
“He’s here. He’s got an opportunity to be that,” Farrell said. “How it unfolds, we’ll see. But we like a lot about him. Not just from the mental side, but the physical side. We wanted to look at all internal options first before we aggressively pursue anything else.
“I’m sure that time will come. But right now we’ve got a chance to take a look at one of our own guys.”
Workman was with Pawtucket in Pennsylvania when the phone rang at 2:30 a.m. He had just a few hours to get to the airport. Coming to the majors as a reliever? That hadn’t crossed his mind.
“It was definitely a surprise. I haven’t done it since college, so it wasn’t something I was expecting at all,” Workman said. “But I’m really excited about it.”
De La Torre pitched 1⅔ innings and threw 50 pitches in Monday’s 11-4 loss against Seattle. That left him unavailable for a few days and expendable.
Wilson, after a promising start to his rookie season, was starting to get hit hard. He gave up three runs on three hits Monday — two of them doubles.
In his last six appearances, Wilson had allowed eight runs on nine hits over five innings.
According to Farrell, Wilson felt a “popping sensation” in his thumb while on the mound on Monday. He was sent back to Boston to be examined. There are indications the injury could require surgery.
“This might require some down time for him,” Farrell said.
No on Middlebrooks
When Stephen Drew strained his right hamstring June 28, the Sox shifted Jose Iglesias to shortstop. Jonathan Diaz, Brandon Snyder, and now Brock Holt have played third base.
The Red Sox elected to keep the more experienced Will Middlebrooks in Pawtucket.
“When we sent Will down, we had a long conversation with him and followed up a few days later in Pawtucket,” general manager Ben Cherington said. “We felt like the best thing for Will and the best thing for the Red Sox long term was for him to spend a period of time in Pawtucket and really get back to doing things consistently that he was doing before he got called up last year and the things he did for most of the year last year.
“He agreed with that ultimately. So we just felt like rather than shorten that time period up because of a need, we committed to a plan, let’s carry it out. There was no exact time on it. But the plan was more than a few days.
“Give him a chance to get his feet back underneath him again. Rather than yank him back up to fill an injury need, we just felt what was best for him and best for the team was to let him keep working on things that he needed to work on. He’s done that.”
Through Monday, Middlebrooks was hitting .286 for Pawtucket with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 18 games.
Drew could play soon
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