Elbow Injury Casts Doubt on Boston Red Sox’s Lucas Giolito’s Opening Day Availability

Red Sox express worry over Lucas Giolito’s right elbow

The Boston Red Sox’s hopes of having right-handed starter Lucas Giolito on the mound for opening day and beyond remain uncertain after he experienced elbow discomfort following his last outing. Manager Alex Cora announced on Tuesday that Giolito will undergo further exams to determine the extent of his injury, expressing concern over the situation.

Giolito, who signed a $38.5 million, two-year deal with the Red Sox during the offseason, made two starts in spring training. In his first outing, he threw two scoreless innings. However, he struggled in his second start, giving up four runs and three walks in 2 1/3 innings against Minnesota. It was after this rough outing that Giolito reported experiencing discomfort in his elbow.

The first overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft by Washington, Giolito received a $2,925,000 signing bonus and made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League in August 2012. However, he underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of that month. Following his recovery, Giolito returned to the mound in the Gulf Coast League in July 2013 and eventually made his major league debut in June 2016.

In the 2023 season, Giolito allowed a league-leading 41 home runs and had a 4.88 ERA while playing for the White Sox, Angels, and Guardians. Despite this, he was an All-Star in 2019 and had a combined 3.47 ERA and an average of 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings between 2019 and

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