Jason Varitek opened the door to the Red Sox clubhouse on Monday afternoon, saw a crowd of reporters in the room, and decided to go in another direction.
It’s a delicate time at Fenway Park with the Red Sox mired in last place and the seat growing hot for manager John Farrell. Varitek, a special assistant to the general manager, could be a candidate if Farrell is removed.
Varitek has said he’s satisfied with a part-time role for now and enjoys spending time with his family in Georgia.
As losses mount, Farrell knows speculation will be a byproduct. He tries to ignore it.
“I don’t know that I pay much attention to what’s written or talked about. I know it’s all part of every major sports city. I also recognize this is a bottom-sum game, a bottom-line game,” the manager said before the Sox’ 4-2 loss to the Braves, their seventh in a row.
“You work in that environment and yet it doesn’t affect the way I deal with players individually; the way I feel about our team. No one likes where we are, so that comes with the territory.”
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia said it’s unfair to blame Farrell.
“We’re all in it together. I don’t buy into that it’s one person’s fault. We’re all in this together,” he said.
Workman has surgery
Righthander Brandon Workman underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Dr. James Andrews, who in April suggested Workman try a period of rehab, did the procedure.
Workman, 26, will miss the remainder of this season and quite likely all of 2016. He played a pivotal role for the 2013 Red Sox, appearing in 20 games down the stretch and seven more in the postseason.
Workman was made a starter in 2014 and saw his performance and velocity dip dramatically.
Two times two
The Red Sox and Braves play four games in four days in two cities. There are two games at Fenway Park then two games at Turner Field starting on Wednesday.
“I don’t like two-game sets and I don’t like four-game sets,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “That’s just the way it is just because of the unbalanced schedule, the interleague, all that clunky stuff. I think that’s the only way you can do it. Everybody does it. But me, personally, I don’t enjoy the two-game sets.”
Showing their moves
The Red Sox made a series of transactions before the game.
Lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow was activated off the paternity list after missing the Toronto series. Kelly Breslow just had twin boys, Carter and Mason.
Lefthanded reliever Robbie Ross Jr. was recalled from Triple A Pawtucket and pitched 1⅔ innings, allowing three hits.
Infielder Travis Shaw was optioned back to Pawtucket and infielder Jeff Bianchi was designated for assignment.
The Red Sox also sold infielder Luis Jimenez to the LG Twins of the KBO League in Korea. The Sox claimed Jimenez off waivers from Milwaukee on May 3. He appeared in one game and was designated for assignment on May 11.
Jimenez, a .217 career hitter, cleared waivers and was assigned to Pawtucket. He hit .140 there in 14 games.
Outfielder Carlos Peguero, who was designated for assignment on June 4, cleared waivers, became a free agent, and signed a minor league deal with the Sox. He will be assigned to Pawtucket.
Peguero was purchased from Texas on May 27. He was 1 for 5 in four games before being designated. Peguero is a career .194 hitter in the majors.
Pablo Sandoval was 2 for 4 with two doubles. That gave him 1,000 career hits, 200 of them doubles. Sandoval is 12 of 31 with six extra-base hits in six games since being benched for two days. His batting average is up to .261 . . . The Sox are 29-29 vs. Atlanta in interleague play. The former Boston Braves are 17-13 at Fenway . . . The woebegone 2012 Red Sox were 32-33 after 65 games under Bobby Valentine, five games better than the current team.
Commissioner to visit
For the first time since he became commissioner, Rob Manfred will visit Fenway Park for Tuesday’s game . . . As befitting their place in the standings, the Red Sox have no player higher than fifth place in the All-Star Game voting. Pedroia is fifth at second base, 3.2 million votes behind leader Omar Infante of the Royals . . . The Braves arrived at Fenway with former Red Sox players David Aardsma, Pedro Ciriaco, Jonny Gomes, Kelly Johnson, and A.J. Pierzynski on the roster. Lefty reliever Dana Eveland started this season with Pawtucket and appeared in 16 games before opting out of his minor league contract to sign with the Braves . . . The Red Sox have been getting poor play from outfielders Rusney Castillo and Alejandro De Aza but Farrell said there are no plans to recall Jackie Bradley Jr. from Pawtucket. Through Sunday, Bradley was hitting .335 with a .903 OPS in Triple A.
Bradley played six games for the Red Sox earlier this season but had only 11 at-bats before being demoted.
Yaz stopping by
Carl Yastrzemski will be at Fenway on Thursday to support The Genesis Foundation for Children. The organization supports children and their families who are affected by physical and intellectual disabilities and genetic disorders. Yastrzemski has aided the group for 20 years . . . The Sox will open Fenway Park on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Father’s Day. The free event includes walks around the warning track, sitting in the dugouts, photos with the World Series trophies, and activities for kids . . . The David Ortiz Children’s Fund hosts its third annual gala Monday at the Marriott Copley Plaza. The event benefits the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the World Pediatric Project and their work in the Dominican Republic. Click here for tickets.