Workman in bullpen as Sox finalize roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox optioned left-handed reliever Drake Britton and catcher Ryan Lavarnway to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, and those moves made right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman the seventh and final member of the big league bullpen, which also includes closer Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, Edward Mujica, Burke Badenhop and Chris Capuano. Lefty Craig Breslow starts the season on the 15-day DL (retroactive to March 21), requiring a few more minor league appearances in coming back from a mild shoulder strain.

Workman said he was thrilled to make the team's bullpen out of spring training after opening last season in Double-A Portland, where he had a 5-1 record and 3.43 ERA as a starter.

"It feels great," said Workman, a second-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Texas. "It's a great opportunity for me to be with the team at the beginning of the season. To earn my way on, it's great.

"I did my best not to worry about it. I tried my hardest to control what I can control and not spend too much time trying to figure out what other people were thinking. I did my best not to focus on that too much."

Workman pitched 15 2/3 innings this spring, in which he had 16 strikeouts while giving up two walks.

"Whatever they tell me, whatever situation they decide to put me in, I'm going to go out there and do my best," Workman said. "I'll try to make the best of my opportunity. I feel really confident. I feel like every outing, I've gotten a little bit better."

Last season Workman went 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA for Triple-A Pawtucket and went 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA in 20 appearances, three starts, in the big leagues.

"We wanted the pitcher who was throwing the best during spring training to fill that spot," Farrell said of Workman, who had a 5.17 spring ERA in six spring appearances to Britton's 6.52 in six appearances.

The Red Sox's active roster is at 25, and two players (Breslow and RHP Steven Wright) are on the disabled list. On Saturday the Red Sox dealt with the remaining five non-roster invites in camp. The Sox released veteran reliever Francisco Cordero, and they reassigned LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Brayan Villarreal, outfielder Corey Brown and infielder Mike McCoy to minor league camp.