Red Sox Shut Down Reliever For The Season

After a pretty effective 2nd season in the big leagues, things have turned sour the past few weeks for Boston Red Sox reliever Garrett Whitlock. He'll now be shut down for the rest of the year due to a hip problem. 

Whitlock is set to have a "scope surgery" next week to clean up his hip. The Red Sox say that he'll be healthy in time for spring training. 

After temporarily holding down the closer's role for the Red Sox in August, the 26-year-old has struggled in his last seven outings with a 6.30 ERA. Overall on the season, he has six saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He had an 82:15 K/BB ratio.

The Red Sox bullpen has been a disaster all season, with 23 blown saves. And according to FanGraphs, the Sox bullpen has the highest ERA in baseball since June 27. And that's with the most innings pitched of any bullpen. Not a winning recipe. 

The season-ending injuries to first Tanner Houck, and now Whitlock, are certainly contributors to that leaky 'pen. 

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