The Red Sox placed reliever Garrett Whitlock on the 10-day injured list with a right pectoral strain, manager Alex Cora announced Tuesday ahead of the Sox’ 6-3 win against the visiting Mets.
Although Whitlock had to be removed in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game, Cora said he doesn’t think it’s serious.
Whitlock has a 1.99 ERA in 72⅓ innings to go along with 79 strikeouts and a 1.12 WHIP. The timing of Whitlock’s injury, considering how huge of a role he’s played all year, isn’t ideal with the Sox clinging to a wild-card spot. But the Sox are confident they’ll be able to weather the storm in his absence.
“We got Tanner [Houck] now in the bullpen. So he’ll do his job back there,” Cora said. “And we got some guys that, actually, we were able to reset over the weekend, staying away from them, and they’re fresh.
“It doesn’t matter who you lose now. It’s a big hit anyway. So it doesn’t matter. Whoever you lose now, it’s a big one.”
To fill Whitlock’s spot, the Red Sox recalled Ryan Brasier from Triple A Worcester. Brasier (1-1), who was called on with one out in the fifth, took care of the three men he faced. and got credit for the win.
Second chance for Iglesias
José Iglesias has enjoyed playing in a Red Sox uniform. Since being released by the Angels in early September, the veteran infielder — who shifted to second base — has hit .387/.441/.581 in 34 plate appearances, entering Tuesday’s game
“I mean it’s priceless,” Iglesias said regarding his success and a reunion with the Sox. “This is the organization that I came up with [in 2011]. I’m very familiar with the ballpark, the front office, and the players. So this is home for me.
“You know, playing a new position is challenging, but I’m ready to do it. I’m ready to accept the challenge each and every day and help the team any way I can.”
Because Iglesias wasn’t on the Sox’ roster prior to Sept. 1, he won’t be eligible for the postseason. Nevertheless, Iglesias would entertain returning next season, if that opportunity presents itself next season.
“I mean, I just love the game in general,” Iglesias said. “But Fenway Park is special. The Red Sox organization is special. So, for sure, if they would love to have me back we’ll listen to it.”
And the award goes to . . .
The Red Sox announced their minor league awards:
▪ Offensive Player of the Year: 2B Nick Yorke.
▪ Defensive Player of the Year: OF Ceddanne Rafaela.
▪ Starting Pitcher of the Year: Brayan Bello.
▪ Relief Pitcher of the Year: Durbin Feltman.
▪ Baserunner of the Year: INF Christian Koss.
▪ Latin Program Position Player of the Year: OF Allan Castro.
▪ Latin Program Pitcher of the Year: Jedixson Paez.
Arroyo back in play
The Red Sox activated Christian Arroyo off the COVID-related injured list and returned Jack Lopez to Triple A Worcester. Arroyo last saw major league action Aug. 26 . . . The Mets were off Monday, which gave lefthander Rich Hill a chance to spend extra time at home in Milton with his family. Hill has a 3.88 earned run average in 11 games for the Mets since being acquired from Tampa Bay on June 23 . . . Six New England medalists in the Paralympics were honored before the game: Dani Hansen of Watertown (rowing), Allie Reilly of North Kingstown, R.I. (rowing), Karen Petrik of Glastonbury, Conn. (rowing), Alicia Dana of Putney, Vt. (road cycling), Leanne Smith of Salem (swimming), and Matthew Torres of Ansonia, Conn. (swimming).
Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report.