Two of Boston’s most necessary arms are getting nearer to becoming a member of the Red Sox rotation, Alex Cora mentioned on Saturday afternoon.
Garrett Whitlock, who began Triple-A Worcester’s Opening Day on Friday, will head to Portland this week. He’s slated to start out Double-A’s first sport of the season.
“Most likely, that will be his last one before joining us,” the supervisor mentioned.
The 28-year-old righty underwent season-ending hip surgical procedure final September, and the Red Sox have been cautious about his work this spring. He went 4 innings and threw 75 pitches (50 strikes) within the WooSox season opener, an 11-2 drubbing of the Syracuse Mets, whom he held to at least one run on six hits, a stroll, and 6 strikeouts.
Brayan Bello is a couple of week behind Whitlock. The 23-year-old righty is ready to make his first rehab begin on April 4. Veteran southpaw James Paxton is anticipated to comply with the following day.
“They’re on track,” Cora mentioned. “They are getting better, bouncing back great. So now, it’s just a matter of getting the reps and building them up. And then we decide what we’re going to do with the pitching staff.”
The 40-man roster is presently suffering from IL stints. Bello, Paxton, Whitlock, Wyatt Mills, and Joely Rodríguez are all on the 15-day, a variety of timetables amongst them.
If Red Sox followers have been sad with the Opening Day product, the excellent news is that the roster must change in an effort to welcome Whitlock,