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Red Sox place Brayan Bello on IL in latest blow to pitching staff

Three fifths of Boston's rotation is currently on the injured list.

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When it rains, it pours for the 2024 Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox placed starting pitcher Brayan Bello on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with right lat tightness. The move is retroactive to April 21, and the team has recalled right-hander Zack Kelly from Triple-A Worcester to fill Bello's open roster spot.

Bello's injury is a bit of a surprise after he dominated in his most recent outing: The 24-year-old tossed six scoreless innings last Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, striking out seven and allowing just one hit while walking two.

Bello joins a host of starters on Boston's IL; Nick Pivetta (elbow) and Garrett Whitlock (oblique strain) both are on the 15-day injured list, while newcomer Lucas Giolito is expected to miss the entire 2024 season after getting Tommy John surgery.

Boston's injuries aren't confined to the mound, either: Promising first baseman Triston Casas is expected to miss significant time with a fractured rib, shortstop Trevor Story is out for the foreseeable future with a fractured shoulder and infielder Vaughn Grissom has yet to make his Red Sox debut while recovering from a groin injury.

The Red Sox are 13-11 through 24 games despite this rash of injuries thanks in part to excellent pitching from Kutter Crawford and Tanner Houck, but it might be only a matter of time before their ailments catch up to them.

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