Boston Red Sox Will Be Without Two Important Starters To Begin Season

The Boston Red Sox are facing the start of the 2023 regular season without two key pitchers.

Right-handed prospect Brayan Bello will begin the season on the 10-day injured list due to forearm tightness, while Garrett Whitlock, who underwent offseason hip surgery, will also start the season on the IL.

However, according to reports, both pitchers are making good progress in their recoveries and are expected to be back in action soon.

Bello's injury is not considered serious, and he is expected to spend a few more weeks building up to a starter's workload before being considered for the rotation.

Once he is ready, the Red Sox will rely on him to build upon his rookie campaign in 2022, during which he pitched 57.1 innings and recorded a 4.71 ERA and 1.78 WHIP.

Whitlock recently made his first start in spring training, but the team is taking a cautious approach to ensure his full recovery before returning to action. Manager Alex Cora has stated that Whitlock will need to make three more starts before being considered for the rotation.

The Red Sox organization wants both pitchers to pitch in at least five games before being considered for the rotation.

Whitlock has already had a three-inning start and will have games of four, five, and five innings to come, with a steady progression that might allow him to miss as little as one turn of the rotation. Meanwhile, Bello might miss as little as two turns.

While it is disappointing for the Red Sox to start the season without these two key players, it seems that their injuries are more precautionary, and the team should be in good shape once they return to action.

The Red Sox are taking a cautious approach to ensure the full recovery of their players, prioritizing their long-term health over short-term success. Photo Credit:  Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports