Promising Updates On 3 Key Red Sox Hurlers

The Boston Red Sox' starting pitching staff has been hit with some injuries this spring, but things are beginning to take a turn for the better. Three hurlers who could still start the season on the injured list are making visible and substantial progress.

Second-year man Brayan Bello is ready for his first live batting practice session of the spring. He'd been shut down earlier in camp due to "forearm soreness" and was making a slow recovery over the last few weeks. the 23-year-old got roughed up a bit in his 11-start trial with the BoSox last season, to the tune of a 4.78 ERA and a whopping 1.78 WHIP.

Garrett Whitlock, who is moving into the rotation full-time this season, has been working his way back from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in September. His status for opening day is still in question, but the fact that he tossed his first live BP yesterday, with another scheduled for Saturday is great news. 

And hard-luck hurler James Paxton, who suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain less than a week ago in his first spring outing, has now been playing catch, and could even progress to pitching from a mound this weekend. Paxton has thrown just 21.2 innings in the majors in the last three seasons—none in 2022.

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