Yankees-Red Sox 4-Game Showdown Series At Fenway Will Feature Distinct Rotations.

The Yankees’ 10-game, four-city road journey comes to a close this weekend with a four-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. On Tuesday, the Yankees had a 13-game lead over the Red Sox (45-35) in the American League East. The Yankees are 58-22. Starters play a crucial role in this. ESPN’s Buster Olney notes that the Yankees have used the same starting rotation for the entirety of the season.

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This rotation consists of Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino, Jameson Taillon, Jordan Montgomery, and Nestor Cortes. Conversely, the whole starting rotation for the Red Sox is currently on the disabled list. Baseball Transaction Reports Suggest. Rich Hill, Nathan Eovaldi, and Garrett Whitlock are all on the 15-day IL, while Michael Wacha is battling with a dead arm, according to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic. Chris Sale and James Paxton are out for the season.

The sale has been out for the entire season due to a broken rib, but the Red Sox are hoping he can return soon. On Wednesday, he will make a rehab start with Triple-A Worcester. That would be his fourth and final start at minor league rehabilitation, according to the Boston Globe. After that, how much fine-tuning could possibly be required? The sale needs to start pitching in big games now.

Here is a summary from the Globe of some of the other wounded who are still out and about:

In order to get back into game shape, injured pitchers Nate Eovaldi (back) and Garrett Whitlock (right hip) will each throw two innings in a bullpen on Tuesday. The next logical step would be to face hitters. Michael Wacha, who was removed from Monday’s scheduled start due to what the team called a “weary arm,” is still listed as a member of the active roster while he undergoes evaluation. Rich Hill is still sidelined with a sprained left knee and is awaiting a more definitive diagnosis.

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UPDATE (10:59 a.m.): Hill reportedly “had an MRI in Chicago over the weekend,” according to the Boston Globe. A ligament was torn, but he anticipates being off for approximately two to four weeks.

However, that’s not all. According to the Globe, Whitlock “will be in the bullpen once he returns off the injured list, which should be this week.” After the 2020 season, the Red Sox picked up the sensational Whitlock in the Rule 5 Draft from the Yankees. After making 46 relief appearances and recording a 1.96 ERA, he established himself as one of Alex Cora’s most reliable bullpen guns for the Red Sox.

Although Whitlock spent the first part of 2022 in the bullpen, he was eventually moved into the starting rotation as injuries mounted. But with numerous arms on the way back and Boston’s relief staff in disarray, Whitlock will be returning to the bullpen. According to the Globe, former Yankees left-hander James Paxton threw a 32-pitch bullpen over the weekend. Paxton, who had Tommy John surgery, may be ready to pitch for the Red Sox in August.

Boston boasts the fifth-best starting ERA (3.51 in the majors) despite its injury woes. The Yankees’ team ERA of 3.01 ranks second in the majors and first in the American League.