Garrett Whitlock to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

Garrett Whitlock
Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Gerrett Whitlock (72) walks off of the field after the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Garrett Whitlock is Done for the Season.

The Red Sox have shut down Garrett Whitlock for the season. Whitlock will undergo season-ending arthroscopic hip surgery this offseason, his return is expected for Spring Training. Although, Whitlock has not looked comfortable on the mound for a few months now. He was placed on the injured list in June and remained there for just over a month. When he returned, something still wasn’t right as he could be seen limping off the mound regularly.

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Solid 2022 After Rocky Start.

Garrett Whitlock was a weapon out of the bullpen in 2021. This season has been a different story, though. In April, the Red Sox decided to try out Whitlock in the rotation after needing a starting pitcher in Toronto when Tanner Houck became unavailable. This move to the rotation panned out to be a not-so-good idea. Whitlock wasn’t a liability on the mound as a starter, but he didn’t pack the same punch as he did coming out of the bullpen. 

The loss of Whitlock in the bullpen became a big problem for the Red Sox because the pitching staff had 11 blown saves in the month of April. Many of which could have been prevented if Whitlock was never moved into the rotation. After a couple months of being in the rotation and putting up rather average numbers, the Red Sox decided to move Garrett Whitlock back into the bullpen. 

In Whitlock’s nine games as a starter this season, he posted a 4.15 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP in 39 innings. With 39.1 innings as a reliever this season, he has put up a 2.75 ERA with a 0.78 WHIP. Whitlock has much more respectable numbers as a reliever rather than a starter, but it’s interesting to think about how much more dominant Whitlock would have been if he remained in the bullpen.

Looking Ahead to Next Season

With the Red Sox falling to 10 games back in the Wild Card standings, this seems to be the right decision to stop using Whitlock and get him ready for next season. This is a big offseason coming for the Red Sox. Will they use this winter to get their starting rotation set up? Or will they fall back on Whitlock again?

Stay tuned for more updates.

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