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Red Sox place reliever Whitlock on 10-day IL

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As the Boston Red Sox continue to inch towards a postseason berth, the injury bug won't quite leave the team alone.

Manager Alex Cora announced Tuesday that righthanded reliever Garrett Whitlock would be placed on the 10-day injured list after suffering a right pectoral strain in Sunday's 8-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Whitlock, a 25-year-old rookie whom Boston selected from the New York Yankees in the Rule 5 draft in 2020, is 8-4 with a 1.99 earned run average and two saves over 72 1/3 innings.

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However, his ERA has risen more than half a run since the middle of August; Whitlock is 4-3 with two blown saves and a 4.42 ERA since Aug. 10.

The Red Sox (86-65) have won five games in a row after a stretch of six losses in eight games and hold a 1.5 game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays for the top wild-card spot in the American League entering play Tuesday.