Apparently the platelet rich plasma injections did not work. The date for the surgery was not announced, but was described as “soon.” Meanwhile, with him out for the entire season…whatever season there ends up being…and David Price now being a Dodger, the Red Sox’ rotation is a hot mess.
How bad? Of the 5 likely starters currently on the roster, the one with the lowest ERA is Collin McHugh at 4.70 over 35 games/74.2 IP…over course he’s coming back from his own elbow surgery and isn’t fully rehabbed yet. Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t made more than 21 starts since 2015—counting on him to be an anchor to a rotation is a big gamble. Last year he had a 5.99 ERA over 23 games (12 starts) and 67.2 IP. Ryan Weber had a 5.08 ERA in 18 big league appearances over 40.2 IP…his 2.85 ERA in 360.1 AAA IP does show some upside though. Then there’s Martin Perez’ 5.12 ERA over 32 games/165.1 IP. Some sources indicate Brad Johnson will be the 5th starter; last year he had a 6.02 ERA in 21 games/40.1 IP. If so, and he duplicates that, expect a lot of bullpen games.