Eduardo Rodriguez again teased top-of-the-rotation skills, but fell short of a breakout season. Unfortunately, if 2018 is going to be the year, he'll have to overcome a late start as he's out until May or June after undergoing reconstructive surgery on the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee in October. Knee woes are not new to Rodriguez -- he made a 45-day visit to the disabled list after hurting his right knee while warming up for his June 1 start. When he returned, he admittedly altered his mechanics, helping explain a 2.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP pre-June 1 compared to 5.16/1.39 after. Rodriguez will be just 25 when he returns next season, and his plus changeup is a great weapon against right-handers. He has the stuff to whiff a hitter an inning, so if Rodriguez can shave off a couple walks and do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard, he could pay off handsomely as a stash.
Rodriguez (knee) tossed three innings of live batting practice Thursday morning, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. Rodriguez continues to make progress, and is scheduled to pitch March 20 in a minor-league game. Manager Alex Cora stated that Rodriguez won't be rushed back, but he could return sooner than expected if he keeps making strides.
Rodriguez (knee) faced live batters Monday, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. The Red Sox didn't know what to expect as far as a timeline goes following Rodriguez's knee surgery last October. The left-hander's prior recovery times from injuries always went a bit longer than expected, but this one has been different. He resumed throwing in January and got onto a mound earlier than expected in February. Manager Alex Cora is not going to push him, but Rodriguez should be back sooner than the team anticipated last autumn.
Rodriguez (knee) is on the verge of throwing a live batting practice session in the coming days but will begin the season on the DL, The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports. Rodriguez continues to progress at a solid pace after undergoing right knee surgery in October. He was able to begin mound work last week, throwing a 35-pitch bullpen that included a mixture of fastballs and changeups, and he could be nearing a simulated game if all goes well with the batting practice session. While there isn't a set target date for his return, Rodriguez is likely going to miss most of April.
Rodriguez (knee) threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Everything apparently went off without a hitch in what marked the first time Rodriguez was able to throw off a mound since undergoing right knee surgery in October. He tossed 35 pitches Wednesday, mixing in changeups and fastballs, and said his knee felt strong afterwards. The 24-year-old is now scheduled to throw a 45-pitch bullpen Saturday, and if he gets through that with no issues, he could progress to live batting practice shortly thereafter. While Rodriguez's progress is encouraging, he's still expected to miss a good chunk of April.
Rodriguez was able to throw off the mound Wednesday for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery in October, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. This marked the biggest step forward in Rodriguez's progress since the procedure. It's likely that he will miss a majority of April. Alongside Rodriguez, Steven Wright was also able to toe the rubber for the first time since undergoing his knee surgery last May.