Injured Red Sox reliever throws live BP; Garrett Whitlock ‘feels good’


BOSTON — Red Sox reliever Isaiah Campbell (right shoulder impingement) threw a live batting practice Thursday, his first since being placed on the 15-day injured list April 12.

He threw one inning (20 pitches).

“It’s been a rollercoaster of a recovery, but I’m just happy to be back out there facing hitters” Campbell said.

How does his shoulder feel?

“It’s getting there,” Campbell said. “As I said, it’s been a rollercoaster of a process, some ups and downs. But trending in the right direction, felt really good today. So happy with how today went.”

Campbell, who Boston acquired from Seattle in November, made the Opening Day roster. The 26-year-old righty allowed one run in his first five outings (4 ⅓ innings), then nine runs (eight earned) in his next two outings (2 innings) before landing on the IL.

He said he experienced no real setbacks.

“Just slower than I was expecting,” he said. “Kind of when it happened, I was expecting a quick recovery.”

The Red Sox have not decided his next step.

“Information-wise, the pitches and all that stuff, it was good,” manager Alex Cora said. “We’ve just gotta wait and see how he bounces back and then we’ll go from there.”

Whitlock “feels good”

Garrett Whitlock has bounced back well from his rehab start Wednesday in Worcester.

Whitlock pitched 4 ⅔ scoreless innings for the WooSox against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out five.

He threw 25 sinkers (four swings and misses), maxing out at 94.8 mph and averaging 93 mph. He mixed in 14 sweepers (seven swings and misses), nine changeups, eight sliders and five cutters.

The Red Sox have not yet determined whether Whitlock will rejoin the starting rotation this coming week in Tampa Bay or if he’ll need one more rehab start.

“Right now he feels good,” Cora said. “So we’ll know more during the day, obviously tomorrow. He felt good the way he threw the ball, which is important. He was very efficient. We’ll have to wait and see and then decide what we’re going to do — if it’s next week or it’s one more (rehab start). If everything goes well, hopefully it’s next week.”



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