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Red Sox Get Bad News With Josh Taylor Injury Update

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Boston Red Sox received some bad news around reliever Josh Taylor's injury update.
The Boston Red Sox received some bad news around reliever Josh Taylor's injury update. / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB Lockout may have continuing effects at the start of the new baseball season. Players are now forced into an expedited Spring Training with less than a month to prepare for Opening Day. That also means less time for injury rehab, even for potentially small issues, and that's exactly what the Boston Red Sox have encountered.

Red Sox insider Chris Cotillo reported on Monday that reliever Josh Taylor is dealing with a back issue, officially calling into question his availability for Opening Day.

Josh Taylor Injury Update

Taylor has not yet thrown off the mound because of this back injury.

Red Sox News

It's still unclear the exact nature of Taylor's injury, but the season's April 7th start date provides a small window for the third-year Red Sox to ramp up his throwing program.

Taylor burst onto the scene as a 26-year-old rookie in 2019. The lefty was held to just 7.1 innings in 2020, but then ramped another solid campaign a year ago. Taylor compiled a 3.40 ERA and 2.83 FIP in 47.2 innings of work last year, including 12 games finished and one save.

For a team that allowed the 13th-most runs per game last year, the bullpen was the strongest part of this pitching staff by touting a 3.99 ERA that ranked top-half in baseball.

Regardless of the injury, the Red Sox have a lot to look forward to after the free-agent splash for Trevor Story. Boston enters the 2022 campaign with +1600 odds to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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