Nick Pivetta Joins List of Red Sox With Concerning Injuries

The Boston Red Sox are hit with another injury as the list of hurt players piles up.
Apr 3, 2024; Oakland, California, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (37) delivers a
Apr 3, 2024; Oakland, California, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (37) delivers a / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a brutal beginning of the year on the injury front for the Boston Red Sox. They are already without Lucas Giolito and Trevor Story but another player has joined that list.

Right-hander Nick Pivetta has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow flexor strain. He last took the mound on April 3 against the Oakland Athletics. The hope is that the strain isn't anything major and he doesn't miss an extended period.

Red Sox News: Nick Pivetta Is Placed on the 15-Day IL

Pivetta was solid in his two appearances thus far, notching 11 innings pitched, 13 strikeouts, and one run surrendered. He also posted an 0.82 ERA.

Pivetta, 31, is slated to become a free agent after the season and was off to a good start for Boston.

The Red Sox have recalled left-handed pitcher Brennan Bernardino from Triple-A Worcester to take Pivetta's spot on the roster.

Bernardino has pitched in two games this season for Worcester, posting 1.2 innings of work, allowing three runs. In the Grapefruit League this spring for the Red Sox, the 32-year-old pitched in 6.2 innings, allowing one run and zero earned runs.

Chase Anderson and Cooper Criswell could be two other options that the Red Sox use in the meantime.

In six spring training games, Criswell was 0-1, with a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings of work. He notched 17 K's but gave up 16 hits and six earned runs.

Meanwhile, Anderson signed a one-year deal with Boston on Mar. 24. He appeared in four Grapefruit League games (one start) for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024. He logged a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings with nine strikeouts and three walks.

It could be a tough season for Boston. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, theRed Sox have the worst odds (+1700) to win the AL East, trailing the Yankees, Rays, Orioles, and Blue Jays.

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