Red Sox Injury Updates: Chris Sale, Garrett Whitlock, Five More On Mend

Multiple key contributors are nearing return

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The Boston Red Sox have some essential members of the team on the shelf, but not for long.

As the injury list lengthens, so do the updates. The Red Sox have players all over the grid doing everything they can to return to the field.

Sale pitched in the Florida Complex League on Monday, where he struck out Tampa Bay Rays star Wander Franco.

“Sale came out of yesterday’s rehab start well,” The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey tweeted Tuesday. “He only pitched one inning because it was a 22-pitch inning. He’s scheduled for another rehab start Saturday in the FCL.”

There is a Boston contingent set to play for Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday. Christian Arroyo is working his way back from a COVID-19-related absence and Josh Taylor has battled injuries since the end of 2021 and has yet to take the mound for the Red Sox this season.

“Christian Arroyo will DH and Josh Taylor (will) pitch one inning in Worcester today,” McCaffrey wrote.

Finally, there is a group of players that are yet on rehab assignments and are continuing to work their way back to the field. Kiké Hernández went down with a right hip flexor strain, Garrett Whitlock is dealing with right hip inflammation, James Paxton is recovering from Tommy John surgery and Nathan Eovaldi has low back inflammation.

“Whitlock threw a sim game today,” McCaffrey wrote. “They’ll see how he reacts to decide next steps. Kiké Hernández is a little sore after taking swings yesterday and getting treatment today. Paxton threw a 25-pitch bullpen today. Eovaldi hasn’t done much yet (aside) from working out.

It was reported earlier in the week that Eovaldi’s timeline would be slower than initially anticipated, as he is more banged up than he originally believed.

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