Boston Red Sox

HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 03: Manager Alex Cora #13 of the Boston Red Sox meets with Brayan Bello #66 who would leave the game with an unknown injury in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 03, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

  • On Wednesday afternoon, the Red Sox were in Houston taking on the Astros in a getaway day game. After winning the first to games of the series, the Sox had the chance for the sweep the Astros in what would be a major bounce back coming out of the MLB trade deadline.

    However, the Red Sox were unable to come away with the win, falling 6-1. Perhaps more concerning than the score though, a key member of the pitching staff left the game early.

    Coming into the game, the plan was for rookie Brayan Bello – who is usually a starter – to piggyback on starter Rich Hill. Hill ended up lasting only three innings, allowing four runs on six hits. That put Bello in the game in the fourth.

    Through his first four hitters, Bello surrendered two hits but also picked up two strikeouts. That would be it for the 23-year-old though. After seeming to feel discomfort in between pitches, Bello was pulled from the game and walked off with a member of the Red Sox training staff.

  • Following Bello’s departure, a number of reports indicated he is dealing with a left groin strain. There’s been no indication from the team whether or not he’ll need to spend time on the IL.

    Bello is the team’s third-ranked overall prospect and top pitching prospect according to SoxProspects.com. After the Red Sox suffered a run of injuries in their rotation, Bello was recalled last month and made his Major League debut on July 6. In total, he’s appeared in five MLB games making three starts. In those appearances, he has an ERA of 8.47 in 17 innings.

    The Red Sox continue their road trip on Thursday, when they begin a four-game series in Kansas City. Nick Pivetta is scheduled to get the start.

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