The day before Opening Day the Red Sox have been thrown another curveball.
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke announced Thursday that Eduardo Rodriguez has been shut down from baseball activities due to health complications stemming from the pitcher's recent bout with COVID-19. Roenicke made it clear that this is not another COVID-19 diagnosis.
Rodriguez had thrown two bullpens prior to this turn of events.
Roenicke was hopeful that the pitcher would be able to recover shortly, with the possibility of clearance coming as soon as within a week. The manager did note that he was expecting Rodriguez to participate in the 60-game 2020 season.
The lefty was slated to be the Red Sox Opening Day starter when Spring Training 1.0 rolled around, but due to his bout with COVID-19 Nathan Eovaldi was pegged to start the opener earlier this week.
The Sox open up their schedule Friday night at Fenway Park against the Orioles.