Well, that was fun while it lasted huh? It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox are ridiculously low on pitching, especially in the starting rotation. The Red Sox had signed former Astros (puke!) pitcher Collin McHugh to a one year deal. Hopes were that McHugh’s elbow would be up to par and ready to contribute as a bullpen arm/spot starter. Unfortunately, that is no more as the Red Sox announced yesterday that Collin McHugh will be opting out of the 2020 season.
Red Sox' Collin McHugh opting out of 2020 season, Roenicke says. Arm isn't coming around like he'd hoped.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) July 19, 2020
Now while the news isn’t necessarily shocking or heartbreaking, it does have a lot of significance.
Another Arm Gone!
Collin McHugh was not going to come in and save the day. But, he was going to be an innings eater. Keep in mind, he was shutting down teams such as the Yankees just a few years ago. The problem with McHugh though is that he was throwing primarily off speed pitches, which can bring a lot of wear and tear on the arm/elbow.
What’s the Next Move?
So obviously now, the Red Sox are down another arm. So where do you go from here? I’m aware that the Red Sox signed Zack Godley the other day. But that still won’t be enough for this season. You’re going into the season at this moment with Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Zack Godley, Brian Johnson, and Eduardo Rodriguez when he returns from COVID protocol. At least McHugh could maybe have given you a few starts if his elbow held up. Now, the Red Sox will have to keep digging around in that free agency pool.
Again, it’s not like losing Chris Sale (again!) for the season. But it’s still a loss to an already thin pitching staff. McHugh could have helped in a variety of ways. I wish him the best with his elbow issues and hope those get fixed very soon. But for now, the season starts Friday, and the Red Sox have a few pitching issues to figure out.
-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)
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