Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh
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As Opening Day of the 2020 MLB season draws closer, Boston Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh became the latest player to opt out of the upcoming season.

Red Sox P Collin McHugh opts out of 2020 season

Major League Baseball has seen a wave of players exercise the opt-out clause for the 2020 season. While a majority of the decisions have been related to the risks of playing during the COVID-19 pandemic, though, the Red Sox will lose McHugh for a different reason.

The 33-year-old signed with Boston this offseason with the hopes of competing for a spot in the team’s rotation. However, his recovery from an elbow injury that derailed his 2019 season has been slow. Even weeks into spring training 2.0, McHugh wasn’t close to returning to game action.

McHugh was outstanding in limited action for the Houston Astros in 2018. He recorded a 1.99 ERA and 0.91 WHIP across 72.1 innings, emerging as an outstanding reliever for the club. However, elbow soreness caused him problems this past year and led to a 4.70 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 74.2 innings.

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McHugh joins a growing list of players who will voluntarily sit out this season. With MLB moving to a 60-game schedule due to the start of the season being suspended in March, several players have decided not to take part in a season with a shortened schedule and great health risk.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick