A yr after a bout with COVID-19 denied him an opportunity to be the Purple Sox’s opening day starter, Eduardo Rodríguez is getting a do-over.
Supervisor Alex Cora made the announcement Wednesday following Boston’s 9-1 exhibition win over Minnesota. Rodríguez threw an environment friendly 55 pitches, placing out six and giving up two hits and one earned run over 5 innings.
“Certainly it’s going to be Eduardo. He’s top-of-the-line on the market,” Cora mentioned of the left-hander. “He had an amazing season in ’19. Final yr he wasn’t capable of pitch for apparent causes. What he’s proven now, he’s wholesome and he’s able to go. … It was only a matter of time.”
Boston opens its schedule April 1 in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles.
Rodríguez went 13-5 for the Boston group that gained a franchise-record 108 video games and the World Sequence in 2018. He got here into the following yr on the backside of the rotation behind Chris Sale, David Worth, Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi.
However Rodríguez had the most effective season of the group, going 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA to complete sixth within the AL Cy Younger voting. He made his main league-leading thirty fourth begin on the ultimate day of the season with an opportunity at 20 wins, however didn’t determine within the determination. Nonetheless, he completed with profession bests in wins, ERA, begins, innings (203 1/3) and strikeouts (213).
With Sale recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure, Rodríguez was in line to begin on opening day in 2020 earlier than testing optimistic for the coronavirus and being identified with irritation in his coronary heart muscle tissues. He mentioned he couldn’t even full a 25-pitch exercise with out feeling drained; on Aug. 1, only one week into the season, he was shut down for the yr.
After placing the prolonged relaxation and restoration time to good use, he’s able to make the most of an opportunity he’s but to have throughout his 5 main league seasons.
Talking previous to Cora naming him the starter, Rodríguez instructed reporters he can be honored to get the ball within the opener.
“If given the chance I’m going to be so pleased to do it as a result of that’s one thing that everyone desires to do one time of their profession,” he mentioned. “If I’ve the chance this yr I’m going to actually recognize it. I’m going to like it.”
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