Garrett Whitlock injury could officially put Red Sox’s 2024 season in peril

Just as the Boston Red Sox’s injury woes appeared to be easing, the team provided a concerning update on Garrett Whitlock. On Friday, the Red Sox announced that Whitlock experienced right elbow soreness following his May 15 rehab start. Consequently, he has been shut down and is back in Boston for testing on his arm. Alex Cora stated that the team will have more information about the type and severity of Whitlock’s injury on May 20.

His rehab outing with Triple-A Worcester was a success, as Whitlock pitched 4.2 shutout innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Although his recovery took longer than expected after being placed on the 15-day injured list on April 17, his return to the rotation seemed promising.

Initially sidelined with an oblique strain, Whitlock’s recent elbow soreness is a new issue. If this injury proves serious, the Red Sox’s rotation could be at risk.

Red Sox shut down Garrett Whitlock after he reported elbow soreness post rehab start

Whitlock has posted a 1.96 ERA with 17 strikeouts and seven walks over 18.1 innings. Boston’s pitching staff has recently shown signs of weakness, with Brayan Bello giving up five runs in his last outing and Kutter Crawford allowing four runs on May 13 against the Rays. Whitlock’s impressive rehab numbers had fans hopeful for his return to the rotation, but his elbow injury now threatens to end his season.

If Whitlock is sidelined long-term due to his elbow issues, all is not lost for the Red Sox. Cooper Criswell has performed exceptionally well, despite allowing more runs in his most recent start. Criswell has posted a 2.76 ERA with 28 strikeouts over 29.1 innings and has been a crucial part of Boston’s pitching success. While the Red Sox have the depth to stay competitive, they lack the top-tier talent that Whitlock represents.

Hopefully, Whitlock’s injury is not severe enough to end his season or keep him out for an extended period. The Red Sox’s starters need a confidence boost to return to their early-season form, and a healthy Whitlock could provide that. Plus, the team is due for some positive news regarding injuries.

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