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Red Sox recall Brandon Workman and place Joe Kelly on DL

7 Aug 2014: Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman (67) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis Missouri.
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The Boston Red Sox have recalled right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman and have placed fellow righty Joe Kelly on the disabled list, according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

The Red Sox were originally going to designate Workman as their 26th man for their doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Sunday, according to Evan Drellich of CSNNE, but Kelly’s trip to the disabled list has changed things.

Workman has appeared in two games of relief for the Red Sox’s major-league club this season, allowing two runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings of work.

The 28-year-old has also made 18 appearances out of the bullpen for Triple-A Pawtucket, going 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA. Across 29 frames of action, he has surrendered just 16 hits while striking out 35 batters.

Workman, who played his college baseball at the University of Texas at Austin, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft. However, he failed to sign, and three years later, he was chosen by the Red Sox in the second round.

He made his major-league debut in 2013, pitching in 20 games and starting three of them. He went 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA, giving up 44 hits in 41.2 innings. He also recorded 47 strikeouts and registered a 3.43 FIP.

Workman also appeared in eight playoff games that year as Boston went on to win the World Series, allowing just one run (none earned) on seven hits in 8.2 frames of relief work.

The following year, Workman started 15 of the 19 games in which he pitched and went just 1-10 with a 5.17 ERA. In 87 frames, he allowed 88 hits and 11 home runs, totaling 70 strikeouts and finishing with a less-than-stellar strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.94.

Until this season, he had not appeared at the major-league level since then.

Kelly has been terrific out of the Red Sox’s bullpen this year, going 3-1 with a 1.49 ERA across 36.1 innings and giving up just 24 hits.

Boston is currently 51-39 and holds a 3.5-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the American League East Division.

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