Boston Red Sox Activate Starting Pitcher For Season Debut

Great news for the Boston Red Sox.

Right-hander Garrett Whitlock has been activated from the 15-day injured list by the Boston Red Sox after recovering from a hip injury. He is expected to make his season debut on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, although it's unlikely he'll pitch deep into the game due to his recent return from injury.

Despite this, Whitlock had an impressive minor-league rehab assignment, allowing just two runs and striking out 14 while walking only two in 10 innings.

The 26-year-old is poised to be an important contributor to the Red Sox's rotation this season, but his innings may be limited as he adjusts to his first full season as a starter.

In his first two seasons with the Red Sox, Whitlock has put up impressive numbers, boasting a 2.73 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 163/32 K/BB ratio over 77 appearances and nine starts across 151.2 innings.

Whitlock's debut will come against the undefeated Tampa Bay Rays, making it a challenging matchup.

Still, his return is undoubtedly positive news for the Red Sox as starting pitching is perhaps their biggest weakness right now, and they will hope he can continue his impressive form as they look to make a push for the playoffs.

Pitcher Kutter Crawford has been sent down to Triple-A Worcester in a corresponding move. Photo Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports