Things couldn't have gone much better for Tanner Houck in his first start back from injury Thursday.
The Boston Red Sox prospect, who has been sidelined with a flexor strain in his right arm since May 9, took the mound for Triple-A Worcester vs. the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and was lights out. Houck tossed three no-hit innings (45 pitches, 26 strikes) with six strikeouts and one walk. His fastball hovered around 95-96 mph and five of his strikeouts came on a slider.
Not too shabby.
Houck could provide a major boost to a Boston pitching staff that has struggled lately. The soon-to-be 25-year-old was a bright spot in 2020, winning all three of his starts while boasting a 0.53 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.