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John Farrell: Brandon Workman has earned his spot on this team and in this rotation

Jun 11, 2014|

We sit down with the skipper John Farrell and get our weekly chat about all things Red Sox with the skipper himself.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles won nothing last night in Baltimore. Our weekly visit with a Red Sox manager coming up right now John Ferrell brought to you by our belly insurance town fair tire and Mohegan Sun hey John how are. They'll do what are your order we're doing great thank you and boy am I glad to hear how nice this phone -- it is -- after last week this is a real treat. I'm guessing Brandon Workman has earned himself another start. Well he has and -- -- -- -- -- wrong consistently in the time he's been very in the rotation force flashlight certainly. Highlighted you know the starts he's made so far. -- you know despite doubling the -- the way. In fact it was in the second -- news you know why you want back out there but I got three maintain this focus and concentration and ability. He was outstanding as where you want toxic in the market. I was gonna ask you about that and and how do you make the decision. You know despite the one hour and fifteen minute delay or whatever was that it's okay to send him back out and what's the -- point where you say no you can't go back out. You know adult followed the that the term -- -- I was argument going in the second inning currently your record the first out the second or patrolled roughly. -- I think the time about sixteen pitchers. So your -- little more tolerant I guess stroller for the about -- that the -- -- but it it here before and he got hurt or anything. And particularly guy you know in his state in his career young guard you know you're you're actually more cautious. And to me you get about one hour mark and then you've really got to make a decision and start to factor in the other things that are. I'm secret storm already where we are where are we in the game. Alleged illegal hand in hand but I felt like coming out of the rain delay that is if you give us warnings that would probably be enough given. That our half that we that we waited but he was salt -- approach is crucial fuel. The fact that he gets into the seventh inning with just minimal. Based on are allowed. He's an adequate job force. Her job and ask the -- some question now since the question deals with -- Brandon Workman. If for those that don't know we have a chance of your question is is chosen to submit a question for John Ferrell. Get that question picked -- Linda -- here from north stoning to Connecticut. You get -- get a chance to have dinner. With John Ferrell and who doesn't -- have dinner with John -- best of all the people say to -- Hanson says. Has Brandon Workman found a permanent spot in the starting rotation. Well you know that we it would -- couple -- -- hopes to make his first rehab start to for the time being apps and yet he's got a pending decision coming up earlier this week. When we get back -- awesome that might keep him out of the rotation troll bit depending on what the final outcome and that the dealers. Output so you'll want fingerprint and has -- a bigger level whether as a starter or reliever he has been extremely effective force. He's been dependable. In the fact that it in my mind he gets a lot out of this past all of which when you start to look at the profile for starting pitcher. When they get out there trust all you know they're immediately go to the the order -- -- -- or retardant and arts and the minimum that you use that for all the starter who's -- and -- -- right now. It's about some of the guys coming back in some of the guys who have had I would say minor setbacks and now more focus on Stephen Drew. Now we all have the benefit of hindsight now. But looking back. Was he rushed I mean now that he has oh pulled hamstring injury whatever it is was was his time in the minors too short. No and New York right oblique terrier in his final at bat -- last week that it took over Detroit he felt. Some -- model right after the -- but we only are as together we we want to you know signing period nursing and obviously when he was optioned out after the signing your state for a minimum ten years. Purely economic and brought back earlier was that there was an injury but we felt like intent based on he'd get or refine the actress so. It felt like that was -- not -- foundation to bring him to a certain. We you know in the time he's been here I don't even be a rhythm art -- you know the more perhaps the better yet. We we were in agreement that once he came back to us. We get them settled in against right handed starters you and date down up and start and so we got -- -- And unfortunately unity as he gets a -- and that's technically all the Detroit the next night but he. He sustains the year arguably. I can't say that because of too few facts. But you know we wanted to bring another -- a completely which we get. And certainly glad the students here. I did and just a follow up on that and I didn't have a spring training like his teammates did. What was the what was the conversation about settling on 25 at bats as opposed to 35 or 45. Well I think that's where. You know all all sides have to -- -- I air and certainly not being directed by a anything other than what we felt like -- timeframe for us was and that was to get. -- we call. Nine to ten games under his belt when he when he some travel and all they built into that. We felt like that was an adequate number and while. You know if you look at her. Just a bottom line -- average on the our viewers and -- at least doesn't suggest what -- is capable of or -- timing was from -- even though there wasn't much social work from batting average. And that was a recent break. John is it possible we'll see Brock -- play center field for the Red Sox. I can't say we won't but he's in left field again tonight Jackie Bradley back in central -- I Jonny Gomes is around it right so. You know the one -- we've been. Fortunate to see what -- is that. As we move him around financially he maintained a high level of our basic and the ability to hit -- the most encouraging thing so. We've had rock exposed. Take a ball off the bat during BP in center field. During a group of BP just to get your fist fights at -- but. You know so far so -- but to say that he. He replaced -- feel I wouldn't rule it out but so there's no time frame right now say you know this is gonna -- -- George voters feel. Is it fair to say that Brock has been a pleasant surprise for you offensively given. You know how little Major League experience he has. Yeah I would say that there is the all the the vacuum. We can -- to us for about seven days and went back down even look the first time around here that ultimately that's what were very consistent. You know you work you counties hit -- I think one day at Baltimore. Mud mud -- -- that you know the marathon day. But it is to say that you know he has now settled and our legal -- you're someone though we didn't really talk about the offseason that the candidates for that. I just coming off of last year there was some uncertainties. The one where would you play every -- and -- Are you -- competition for utility spot on the club and he's certainly surpassed all our. In our -- we're talking earlier before he came on when you think of those the Red Sox traditionally as a fan of talking much it was a frantic about the Red Sox. And you think -- for the most part that team is gonna score some runs and that that won't be an issue may be an issue for. A snapshot here -- there but not over an entire season have you seen any signs any thing that encourages you that makes you think that. The team is gonna turn the corner in terms of hitting with runners -- -- prediction. Position and actually scored more runs. Well first and foremost as we continue to create opportunities and put people off base. That that the human and that's something that you know post game comments or questions are always. That's been the response of the opportunities are there now to say that murders and score position that. There's not one thing that we would tell every hitter to do that it's constraints and because there -- different. Circumstances that come in the water and that is. Opposing pitchers have navigated their way -- lineup cards not to assume certain guys are so long attack. Another another hitter in our lineup either because. There there's more -- attack planned there might be some an experience that they can exploit. There there might be some tendencies that the opposition that we're all aware that they can be looked sure to use that to their marriage. We're still putting garbage that's the most important thing so. You know. To me that the disconnect has always been there were sort of four to the American League in on base -- or twelfth and thirteenth two months or so back all the sudden start -- your mark. Okay are certain guys trying to be too much. What America at the plate we know that you know you look to ten game losing streak to look at the seven game losing streak. You know ten game. You know what comedian David at a at a -- -- project or position when we won seven girl. You look at what they've done they were main contributors in and around all. That's not to put you almost solely on that whether it's this is a combined effort weaker than some top slot the other -- that but a lot of -- and -- In those situations where maybe some YouTube and export. And we continually worked at it and you know guys are learning all the players particularly younger players. Given the offensive woes that you've had overall in the outfield Brock COLT excluded right -- he hasn't been an outfielder very long would you like to see some help. In that outfield for you on your team. Well certain elections in victory in a compact source in. You know he's he's assumed rate is getting closer to about getting out of rehab assignment. You know getting healthy -- back in the and the fortunate career that would give us such a jolt that -- there is no doubt about it. I think Jonny Gomes has done everything that we expect -- particularly get left in the country. And what the most encouraging is there an amount of Lester organs that are that are the swing that we saw last year. Is being shown more regularly right now also. I think that -- true -- and Johnny and how productive they were last -- -- become much more clear so to say that there's. You know someone on the outside the stronger yen or some -- those on the virtual. Coming up from the pocket. That that's not the case right now we just have to continue to produce. With a group sit here and look for ways to improve. Over the weekend many much Otto had some issues with the Oakland Athletics he was suspended for five games has appealed the suspension which is why he was playing last night. One of the issues he had is that on two occasions. His swing hit the catcher of the Oakland -- back knocked him out of the game the second time. When I saw it happened last night with York catcher AJ Pierzynski I was wondering if you guys were thinking about that in the dugout at the same time. -- -- you -- the days of long lived player. And you know we we got guys have long backswing employees David Ortiz you know it's not uncommon -- actually enter to catch. Or glance off catcher. But I you know -- -- many clip a change or rather this is pure military. And I think that's kind of a natural -- what was transpiring inside the open -- are what -- up. Notes certainly at the track player I think that's been publicized and sure -- the if you follow the game you see that there -- some occurrences inside that series so. Little why there was something not. Acknowledged after you know we have article -- I don't know but he did acknowledge and check that major last night when when the backswing get prepared. How is what I wanna I wanna ask you about suspensions in and whether you're comfortable as a manager whether you're. Your players are comfortable with what the standards are an asset because. You see much -- he gets suspended for five games for for throwing the bat. Ryan Dempster last year five game suspension for intentionally hitting A-Rod. And then this year Brandon Workman didn't hit. The -- he's but he got a six game suspension which he has appealed. From from where you sit are you are are you pretty sure how things will be. Viewed by MLB or is it according to us. You know I think as you you're cite some examples here it's -- that their case by case. I I don't know the system that's in place that's standardized. You know certain parts of action on the field that require X number of games Serbs. If you're a suspect in this order so this case by case. You know I know based on the hook for that is provided by it uses the umpire crew or that it is deciding umpire -- apparently in two. The decision making -- in these situations are so you know that's the way it's been country years. And I don't know that there's going to be any almost as for lack of a better way to describe it any standardizing. Of how things are reviewed and ultimately what penalties are handed out. Major League Baseball announced that you have added Ron garden hiring Terry Francona is the coaches. All on your staff for the yet for the all star game that's coming up in a few -- -- guys pretty good her head Tito will be in town tomorrow with the Cleveland Indians what was his reaction when you -- McCall. -- opium and guard shortsighted and to leave their natural fit for. You know from personal history as successful as you know -- guardian -- and certainly the natural fit with the game being played in Minnesota. And you know -- you wanna acknowledge those who. Have been very successful in the world right. You know is -- -- personal connection certainly there is you know. But I also think that so would Carty it was a respectful thing in the right thing to do. -- break right there in Minnesota coming out. We always appreciate time best of luck tonight will let's see you next week. A director Bob our -- that is our Red Sox manager John Ferrell brought you by our belly insurance town fair tire and Mohegan Sun. But what -- surprises and that and that's where would root -- are you surprised that the suspension was our game. I have been in the title yeah. -- ought to be more I thought it beat him and I was listening to elected Dave and Joseph talking about this on the broadcast. And and Dave O'Brien said he talked a lot of people in baseball. And he says and I'm one of them who thought it would be twice. He said I thought it was going to be to wonder why they didn't I don't know I am guessing that doesn't have a history but neither does Brandon were. I didn't have a history now I would think. There and we talked about this academic come up with a a good explanation. For. Why it's not acceptable. To throw a bad. In Major League Baseball and why it is acceptable for some folks to throw a baseball at ninety miles an hour at somebody and sometimes. That's what Major League Baseball a -- if that's the suspension we're gonna get a pitcher for throwing the ball at somebody. How -- we give more of a suspension for a guy thrown a -- may -- in Major League baseball's agreeing with. -- have but it -- area just OK so give him six games has just gave a six game suspension. To Brandon Workman. McDonald didn't connect not that it -- team that's my issue. You know guy a guy hits a batter and its five game right. A guy misses a battering get sick I was trying to -- we don't know I -- -- out easily but he didn't and think about MLB. -- in this just because it's so unusual. You don't think of -- -- comments on this gonna happen tonight week we talked about that Tampa Red Sox series before it happened Friday. We're leaving here on Friday at 6 o'clock. Well we're saying something's gonna happen. In but something happening. That usually means a pitcher hitting somebody and then boy opened cleared dugout clear. And it just kind of you know stand around and yelling insults at each other pushing. Out much nominee -- is being thrown go back. But couldn't think of some of gonna happen tonight but I've got to throw his -- out toward amount. Aren't going to be I wanna do everything a candid discourage batters from throwing. They're back like promise you don't think that's worse so but yet to a picnic it's worse -- only get five games. I agree with -- and it was it was weird. And as Dave O'Brien said most of the baseball people he talked to people within the game. Bought -- which Ottawa's and -- He got off lucky he got off light. 6177797937. -- telephone number the AT&T -- line is 37937. By the way workman's. Appeal. Is scheduled to be heard on Friday. Just a guess here on my part my guess is it's gonna identify. They'll knock one off they'll take it from six down to five -- miss a turn in the rotation and -- from there but that's just the way I am I'm guessing. I deal -- -- also for her questions selected. In the Hansen from north to Connecticut. Enter to win dinner with the manager Atmel on. You can do it cute about that you dot com -- the manager might well it would it would dale Arnold and -- winning. Accident and it. And it -- -- that and we can. The list. Goes on people's lives. That it was very very nasty situation bury their area. Right to the calls and etc. we're gonna add in in -- we really truly do need your opinion on -- and dale and -- Sports Radio WE yeah.

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