The Red Sox skipped a few heartbeats during this play in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays when Garrett Whitlock went to cover first base on a ground ball to the right side of the infield.
Whitlock recorded the out and stayed in the game to close out the win and record the save. But Manager Alex Cora was asked about the brief injury scare after the game, and gave a positive update: it’s just a little scrape.
“He’s doing OK,” Alex Cora told reporters on Whitlock after the game, via Jen McCaffrey. “He just has a raspberry or a strawberry or whatever you guys call it. I asked him when was the last time you slid? And he said when I got that hit last year in Atlanta.”
Stayed in, ended the game, but pic.twitter.com/xPbZvDyOfT— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) April 20, 2022
Whitlock joked about the play and his own athleticism after the game.
“That was about as unathletic as I could ever look,” Whitlock said (via Christopher Smith).
Whitlock continues to produce to begin the season with a save, three total games finished, and a 0.93 ERA in four appearances. He’s struck out 11 batters in 9.2 innings ao far.