Red Sox shut down Eduardo Rodriguez for ‘complications’

Boston Red sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has been shut down by the team after experiencing complications in his recovery from COVID-19.

The 27-year-old southpaw was slated to step in as Boston’s ace for the upcoming season. Following the latest setback, Rodriguez will now be sidelined for the opening of Boston’s regular-season calendar and will likely need to be eased back in when he is cleared.

Just a day before the Red Sox start their 2020 season, the team suffered another blow to its rotation. Rodriguez, who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, underwent medical testing when doctors discovered a complication.

When healthy, Rodriguez has proven he can be a reliable front-line starter. While he struggled in the first half of the 2019 season, posting a 4.65 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, he found his groove after the All-Star Break. Across 16 starts in the second half, he recorded a 2.95 ERA and struck out 107 batters in 100.2 innings.

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Coming off an offseason that saw David Price get traded and Chris Sale undergo Tommy John Surgery, Boston’s rotation will be a major concern heading into Opening Day.

Ultimately, even with a solid lineup, this could be the beginning of a retool for the Red Sox.

There is no timetable for his return.

The 27-year-old recently arrived several weeks late to Red Sox summer camp following a COVID-19 diagnosis. He threw a bullpen session last weekend at Fenway Park but did not feel well afterward.

Rodriguez was expected to be a big part of Boston’s rotation this season after a breakout 2019 campaign. The Venezuelan won 19 games and authored a 3.81 ERA and 3.86 FIP in 203 1/3 innings last year.

With Rodriguez and Chris Sale unavailable, the Red Sox are expected to start the season with a rotation featuring Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Ryan Weber, Matt Hall, and Dylan Covey.

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