By ERIC VICCARO
For former Bowie High School standout pitcher Brandon Workman, he’s becoming a trusted member of the Boston Red Sox bullpen again.
And he’s drawing plenty of praise.
That’s just one of many reasons why Brandon Workman wasn’t traded before the deadline – which was this past Monday.
That may help the delay Joe Kelly’s return to the bullpen. Workman has been filling Kelly’s spot while Joe has been injured and on the 10-day disabled list.
“We look at the comeback of Brandon Workman of being like a trade acquisition, really,” said Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski to Evan Drellich with Comcast SportsNet New England.
“He’s really throwing the ball outstanding,” Dombrowski continued. “He’s throwing the ball in the mid-90s with a good breaking ball and cutter. We don’t feel like he is just a young guy who’s never been through it. He’s pitched in the World Series. He’s a proven guy.”
Regardless, Boston brought in another bullpen arm before the deadline as the Red Sox traded for Addison Reed, most recently with the New York Mets.
The Mets received Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista and Stephen Negosek in return.
During Monday’s 6-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Workman pitched 1-1/3 innings. Brandon didn’t allow any runs and surrendered two hits.
Since his call-up in mid-July, Workman has been serving as a bridge between Boston’s starters and closer Ryan Kimbrel.
Brandon Workman. (Courtesy photo from Boston Red Sox media relations)