Red Sox Versatile Pitcher Likely to Start Season In Rotation

Initially, it appeared that Tanner Houck would start the season in a relief role, but due to injuries to Garrett Whitlock and Brayan Bello, he may open the season in the Boston Red Sox' rotation instead.

Manager Alex Cora plans to use Houck for as many innings as possible this upcoming season and will determine his full-time role based on his physical health.

For now, he'll begin the season in the rotation.

Houck had back surgery last September, but he is now considered a "full-go" for spring training. He has shown versatility in his career as both a starter and reliever, with a 3.22 ERA in 20 career starts and a 2.68 ERA in 33 relief outings. 

Last season, he began as a starter but missed time due to various reasons. When he returned, he lost his place in the rotation and ended up serving as a long reliever and, eventually, as the team's closer.

If Houck performs well in his new role, he could potentially keep his spot in the starting rotation. Photo Credit:  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports