Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

Richard Bleier of the Boston Red Sox looks on against the Cleveland Guardians at Fenway Park. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox just can’t catch a break when it comes to health.

Garrett Whitlock is days away from returning to the starting rotation and the team recently activated lefty reliever Joely Rodriguez. But even as guys come back, the Sox continue to lose others to new injuries.

Reliever John Schreiber recently went on the 15-day injured list, and now there’s yet another headed for the shelf.

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  • Southpaw Richard Bleier became the latest Red Sox pitcher to go on the injured list, as the team announced he is going to the 15-day IL with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. To fill his spot, the Red Sox brought back the recently optioned Brennan Bernardino from Triple-A Worcester.

    So, Rodriguez’s return certainly came at a good time, in light of Bleier’s injury. Bleier hadn’t pitched well prior to getting hurt, with a 5.85 ERA over 19 appearances. Bleier has kept the walks down, but he’s also allowed four home runs and 24 total hits over 20 innings, with only 12 strikeouts.

  • ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - APRIL 13: Richard Bleier #35 of the Boston Red Sox reacts following the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on April 13, 2023 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

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  • Rodriguez will likely serve as the go-to lefty specialist in Boston while Bleier is out. He’s allowed one run over two innings since making his Red Sox debut on May 17.

    However, Bernardino will add some much-needed left-handed depth to the ‘pen. Bernardino last pitched for Boston on May 15 against the Mariners, and allowed one run on three hits over 1.1 innings.

  • Bernardino didn’t allow a run over seven innings in his first six appearances this season, before posting an 8.44 ERA over his last five. So, the Red Sox will certainly hope they get the first version of Bernardino after sending him down.

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