Red Sox shut down ace Eduardo Rodriguez over ‘minor complications' from COVID-19


The Red Sox have shut down No. 1 starter Eduardo Rodriguez with what manager Ron Roenicke described as "minor complications" related to COVID-19.

The left-hander only rejoined the team on Saturday after missing the first two weeks of camp while recovering from the novel coronavirus. He threw two bullpens, but felt fatigued.

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Roenicke said he'll be shut down for a week, but added that he's confident the 19-game winner will pitch this year.

"It's a mild case, but it's still serious enough to where we feel like to do the right thing with our players and to take care of them, this is a decision our doctors and Chaim (Bloom) and his crew and all of us have come up with," Roenicke said. "So it backs him off from being active and on the field and being able to be part of our staff. It's disappointing to him, obviously. He came in here after going through the sickness and felt like he was going to be a full go and now a setback."

Roenicke noted that after throwing a 20-pitch bullpen in his return, Rodriguez felt tired. He observed similar fatigue on the part of left-hander reliever Josh Taylor, who's also getting over the illness.

"He threw 20 or 22 pitches. He was tired," Roenicke said. "I know J.T. said the same thing. He was gassed after the first one, that was 20 pitches. That's why I think everybody is different with this. That's why we have to keep treating them as individuals instead of looking at them as a group."

Rodriguez addressed his condition over the weekend, noting that he had experienced "every symptom" of COVID and that at times he felt like he was "100 years old."

"I know I had something in my body I never felt before," he said.


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