The Red Sox are going to need two starters this weekend in Chicago. With both Nick Pivetta and Chris Sale on the COVID-19 related injured list, Boston will need some help from within the system. Connor Seabold could fill the void left by Pivetta and Sale.
BREAKING: Chris Sale tests positive for COVID-19, will not make scheduled start Sunday.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) September 10, 2021
This season in the minors for the Sox, Seabold is 2-3 in 10 games with a 3.61 ERA, with 56 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.
Connor Seabold to be used like Garrett Whitlock?
Seabold is on the 40-man roster, which will make his transition to the major-league roster simple.
Boston has contemplated utilizing Seabold as a multi-inning reliever. Red Sox manager Alex Cora could use Seabold similar to Garrett Whitlock.
“We know he’s very talented. He’s throwing the ball well. I do believe that September is going to be very interesting as far as like maneuvering our roster and trying to maximize our roster. It’s only two more spots. It’s not a few years ago when you could go up to 40,” said Cora.
Chris Sale spoke highly of Connor Seabold
Sale spoke highly about Seabold and their time together in the minors.
“I mean, plus fastball, plus breaking ball. I know his first one back his command was a little bit off. But as long as he keeps filling up the zone, his stuff plays anywhere. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see him out there (in the big leagues) sooner rather than later. He looks like he’s polished enough to come up here and start getting some big outs,” said Sale.
Seabold tossed a one-hitter earlier this season for the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox.
Red Sox will need Seabold to fill big shoes this weekend
— Jamie Gatlin (@JamieGatlin17) September 9, 2021
The Sox will need Seabold to fill some big shoes over the weekend in Chicago. Boston sits a top of the America League Wild Card, one full game ahead of struggling New York.
The Red Sox have been dealing with COVID-19 the last couple of weeks and have weathered the storm.
In conclusion, Seabold may be relied upon to help keep the Sox ahead of the Yankees and the surging Blue Jays in the Wild Card.
– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)
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