Garrett Whitlock Diagnosed With Ulnar Neuritis In Throwing Elbow


Whitlock Diagnosed With Ulnar Neuritis

According to the Red Sox, right-hander Garrett Whitlock has been placed on the 15-day injured due to ulnar neuritis in the right elbow. His spot on the active roster will be filled by fellow righty Brayan Bello, who was recalled. The extent of Whitlock’s injury is still under wraps. Given the variety of potential outcomes associated with ulnar neuritis, they may still be conducting additional testing.

Due to the tingling sensation it produces when agitated; the ulnar nerve is often referred to as the “funny bone” in common usage. The term “neuritis” in medical terminology refers to nerve inflammation.

How Long Will Whitlock Be Out?

Though it’s too soon to draw any conclusions, the diagnosis is still worrisome. In a matter of days after receiving a diagnosis of ulnar neuritis, Jeffrey Springs, a left-handed pitcher for the Rays, was reported to need Tommy John surgery. But that doesn’t mean Whitlock will necessarily follow the same path as Springs. 

Another example is Blue Jays right-hander Jordan Romano, who was diagnosed with the same condition in April 2021 and returned after only ten days. So we are still in wait-and-see mode and will have to see how Whitlock heals from the injury and then go from there.

Garrett Whitlock Overview

The 26-year-old Whitlock last pitched on Saturday in Milwaukee, giving up five runs in 4.0 innings. In three starts in the Major League this year, the right-hander has a record of 1-2 and a 6.19 ERA (11 ER/16.0 IP). In 80 career appearances (12 starts) with the Red Sox (2021-23), he is 13-8 with a 3.06 ERA (57 ER/167.2 IP) after being chosen by Boston in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft.