Red Sox News: Garrett Whitlock may miss start of season, "the mariachi band", more
Spring training continues to churn along for the Boston Red Sox as they got their second win of spring training with a 4-1 triumph over the Twins. Jarren Duran had a big day at the plate with two hits including a homer while Alex Verdugo helped out with a pair of hits as well.
Garrett Whitlock was expected to be among the contenders for a spot in the Red Sox rotation, but now it seems like he may miss the start of the season. Whitlock had surgery on his hip in September 2022 and while his rehab is going well, he is a bit behind the rest of the pitchers at the moment. Nothing is certain yet, but an IL stint at the beginning of the season is in the cards.
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It is fair to say that we didn't expect to be writing about a mariachi band being brought into the Red Sox clubhouse during spring training, but here we are. Manager Alex Cora asked Alex Verdugo and Jarren Duran to do a presentation on Mexico as a form of team-building given that the World Baseball Classic is coming up. Verdugo went next-level and hired a mariachi band to come and perform to aid with that presentation. In case you were wondering: yes, the band was quite good and the players and Cora loved it.
Finally, we had a post with some way-too-early predictions for who on the Red Sox were going to be leaders in a bunch of statistical categories including calling shots on specific numbers of home runs, wins, strikeouts, etc. If you are going to go out on a limb, go way out there.
The Rays got some unfortunate news as Tyler Glasnow, who is among the best pitchers in the league when he is healthy but has not been healthy for a couple years now, injured his oblique during a recent bullpen session. While it isn't known how severe the injury is nor is it known whether he is going to miss time, the fact that he is going to have to get an MRI isn't a great sign.
The Dodgers also had an injury in camp as Gavin Lux had to be carted off the field after apparently injuring his knee while running the bases. The Dodgers' medical team is still evaluating the injury, but getting carted off is never good news and apparently Lux heard something pop in his knee which is also usually not a good sign.