Rodriguez is on track in his recovery from myocarditis and is lined up to be ready for the start of the 2021 season, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Rodriguez wasn't allowed to exercise in any meaningful capacity last year, let alone play baseball, after developing the condition (an inflammation of the heart) as a result of his battle with COVID-19. While the Red Sox's optimism is very encouraging news, the year off certainly adds risk to Rodriguez's profile this offseason, and the serious nature of the ailment means the team will be very cautious regarding any potential setbacks.
Rodriguez (myocarditis) agreed to a one-year, $8.3 million contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. He has been gradually ramping up activities this offseason as he attempts to come back in 2021 after a bout with COVID-19 led to Rodriguez battling heart-related complications throughout the 2020 season. This will be Rodriguez's final year with the Red Sox before he becomes a free agent. Since it was a completely lost season for Rodriguez, he settled on the same figure he received last offseason.
Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Wednesday that Rodriguez continues to ramp up his activities after missing the entire 2020 season while recovering from myocarditis, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports. Rodriguez first experienced the heart condition a few weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before the start of the Red Sox's summer camp in late June. The lefty eventually reported to the team's facility near the end of camp, but he was shut down for good while he continued to battle heart-related complications when he attempted to increase the intensity of his workouts. After taking a few months off, Rodriguez was cleared to resume light cardio activity in late September, and he appears to have thus far avoided any setbacks in his recovery. Assuming his offseason continues to proceed normally, Rodriguez should face few restrictions, if any, when pitchers and catchers report for spring training in February.
Rodriguez (illness) has been cleared to resume light physical activity Friday and is hoping for a normal offseason, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Rodriguez developed myocarditis, a heart condition, as a result of his battle with COVID-19. He's been shut down from all physical activity all season in order to ease the strain on his heart. He'll begin by going on walks before advancing to a treadmill. Assuming his heart responds well, he'll have a chance to be ready to pitch by the start of next season.
Rodrigues (illness) flew to Boston for a checkup, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Rodriguez did not pitch this season due to myocarditis (inflammation of the heart), an after-effect of COVID-19. He is set to undergo medical tests designed to gauge how well he is recovering. "Yeah, he's doing well actually," said Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke. "He flew back to Boston, just got into town yesterday. I don't know what the results were on the tests that he took, but I can find that out, [and] he seems to be doing well." Teams generally have plans in place for pitchers coming back from injuries, but Rodriguez's condition presents a unique challenge. The Red Sox don't know what to expect from the left-hander, who threw 203.1 innings in 2019.
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