Garrett Whitlock thrived out of the bullpen for the Boston Red Sox this season before being moved to the rotation, but could he be used as a reliever going forward?
It’s no secret the Red Sox ‘pen has lacked reliability without a solidified closer. Tanner Houck has fared well when given the opportunity, but as long as Canada keeps its COVID-19 vaccination mandates in place, he won’t be able to join the team in Toronto.
“We’re talking about it. Obviously health has to do with it,” Cora said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Merloni, Fauria & Mego.” “… There’s different thoughts, of course. Going back to the bullpen is one of them.”
Cora noted earlier this season that he had “no plans” to move Whitlock back to the bullpen, but plans can change. and you need to make adjustments where necessary.
The bullpen is in need of some help, which was evident once again Tuesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays walked off the win over the Red Sox after Tyler Danish and Hansel Robles couldn’t hold on to the lead. While it doesn’t help that Houck is unavailable in Toronto due to his COVID-19 vaccination status, the Red Sox don’t have anyone else they can rely on to get those big outs.
Maybe Whitlock can be that person to help provide reinforcement, but we’ll find out soon enough.
The Red Sox look to avoid the sweep Wednesday night when they close out their series against the Blue Jays. First pitch from Rogers Centre is set for 7:07 p.m ET and you can catch all the action beginning at 6 p.m. on NESN.