Red Sox shut down Eduardo Rodriguez due to issues recovering from COVID-19

Eduardo Rodriguez, #57, Boston Red Sox (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Eduardo Rodriguez, #57, Boston Red Sox (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

Eduardo Rodriguez will not see the field for the Red Sox anytime soon.

The Boston Red Sox were expecting Eduardo Rodriguez to ride in on a white horse and save their pitching staff following his struggles with the COVID-19 virus, but all of that excitement and optimism has been sucked right out of the air now that Rodriguez’s body is starting to fail him.

Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed that Rodriguez, who was already expected to miss Opening Day, has some “lingering effects” that forced the Red Sox to shut him down dow a few weeks.

Roenicke added that these are likely related to the fact that Rodriguez is just getting over a COVID-19 infection. While the Red Sox think the complications are “mild“, they are still being very cautious with him for obvious reasons.

Eduardo Rodriguez is coming off of the best season of his career.

Rodriguez had the finest season of his career last year, as he emerged as a quality No. 2 starter behind the currently injured Chris Sale. Rodriguez won 19 games while posting a 3.81 ERA, earning himself a sixth-place finish in the Cy Young race.

After the injuries to Sale and Rodriguez, which were made worse by the fact that Collin McHugh chose to opt-out of the 2020 season, players like Martin Perez, Ryan Weber, and Dylan Covey will need to show they can cut it as starters on a team that still has their eyes set on the postseason.

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The Red Sox already had very little to write home about as it pertained to their starting pitching, and Rodriguez’s struggles to get back to full health might derail Boston’s entire rotation in 2020. Hopefully, the effects of the virus don’t sideline Rodriguez for too long and he can rejoin the Boston rotation as soon as possible.