When it comes to players' health these days, timetables can be a dangerous thing. That doesn't mean there can't be some optimism.
Appearing on the Greg Hill Show Thursday, Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom seemed confident that Eduardo Rodriguez would be back pitching for the Sox this season.
Rodriguez is currently recovering from myocarditis, a condition that attacks the lining of the heart and was brought on by the pitcher's recent bout with COVID-19.
"We do expect to get him back," Bloom said. "I couldn’t tell you exactly when. Obviously we’re fortunate in that the complication that he had was very mild in terms of just the severity of it. But obviously we left it to Eddie to talk about to the extent he wanted to so you guys have heard what he’s dealing with. It’s not something you mess around with. So even though we’re fortunate it’s mild — we’re very confident he will make a full recovery, he’s going to be fine long-term, he’s going to be able to pitch for us, and we’re expecting it to be at some point this summer — it’s not something you can mess around with. Until you’re sure it’s completely resolved you can’t really get him on that track."
Speaking with the media Sunday, Rodriguez stopped short of offering any sort of predictions regarding a return. He was scheduled to receive another MRI this week to evaluate the inflammation of the heart muscle and determine how close the lefty might be when it comes to participating in baseball activities.
"That's the most important part of your body," Rodriguez explained. "The first time I hear, I was kind of scared a little. Now that I know what it is, I'm still scared, but now I know exactly what it is. I just talk to my mom, talk to my wife, let them know what I have, and now I've got to take the rest."