Brandon Workman appears to be going back to Triple-A (briefly) and Rubby De La Rosa is returning to Boston today to make his sixth start. He was 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in his previous five starts.
Workman (1-3, 4.13) gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits over seven innings in Boston's seventh loss in eight straight home games. With the All-Star break coming up, Workman won't miss much time in the majors. He'll be called right back - if there is room on the major league roster.
The room could be made by a trade of Jake Peavy, who told reporters Tuesday night that he's been informed by the Red Sox that he might be traded. ESPN reported that a trade with the Cardinals could happen soon. If that deal comes today, it's possible that Workman does not have to go down.
Brock Holt (.313) continues to shine as a lead-off hitter, going 2-for-5. He is batting .360 against left-handed pitchers.
Boston (39-51) is 10.5 games back.
Pawtucket's Allen Webster (2.84), always a candidate for a call-up, rebounded from a rocky start to go seven innings: 7 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K ... Webster allowed eight base-runners in the first two innings, and only four after that ... Andres Torres (.306) and Travis Shaw (.266) hit back-to-back home runs ... Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-4 with a double.
The Sea Dogs were rained out and play a doubleheader in Binghamton today ... Sean Coyle became the second Portland player to win Eastern League Player of the Month honors (Mookie Betts won it in April). Coyle batted .348 with six home runs in June.
Roman Mendez, 23, made his major league debut with the Rangers Tuesday night, pitching two scoreless innings. Never heard of him? Mendez was one of three minor leaguers traded by Boston to Texas for catcher Jarrord Saltalamacchia in 2010. The others were first baseman Chris McGuiness (made his Major League debut last year with Texas and is now in Triple-A with the Pirates) and catcher Michael Thomas (never played affiliated baseball after 2010).