In a season full of devastating injuries, the Boston Red Sox received another gut punch on Tuesday.
The team revealed on Tuesday that ace reliever Garrett Whitlock will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right hip and miss the rest of the season.
Garrett Whitlock Injury Update
Boston Red Sox News
The Red Sox have been out of the playoff race for weeks, so it makes sense that they're already turning the page to 2023 with Whitlock. The hope is that by getting the surgery sooner, he'll have more time to recover and prepare for next season.
Whitlock already spent six weeks on the injured list earlier this season with hip inflammation, so it's encouraging to see the team address the injury with surgery, which hopefully will prevent additional injuries in the future.
The 26-year-old has been one of Boston's top pitchers since debuting in 2021, going 12-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings. While the majority of his innings have come out of the bullpen, he was also used as a starter this year, starting nine games in total.
While it's fair to wonder if the change in roles contributed to the injury, the Red Sox are apparently still considering the possibility of moving Whitlock to the starting rotation in 2023. Their rotation was hit hard by injuries this year and will have several openings next year, so Whitlock may need to fill a hole there by default.
Regardless of whether he's starting or relieving, a healthy and productive Whitlock has the potential to be a key contributor again next season and beyond.