Rodriguez is not expected to return to pitching for six months after undergoing surgery to reconstruct the patellofemoral ligament in his right knee, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
This is a tough break for Rodriguez, as the 24-year-old has missed extended time in three of the past four seasons due to knee issues. That will likely be the case again in 2018, as his estimated recovery timetable lines him up for a return sometime in May or June. A more concrete timetable should become available once he gets back into a throwing program. Rodriguez compiled a 4.19 ERA and 150:50 K:BB in 137.1 regular-season innings in 2017.
Rodriguez will likely be used as a left-handed specialist for the ALDS against Houston, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
With the addition of Doug Fister to the active roster, Rodriguez will likely come out of the bullpen, since manager John Farrell stated that Fister would only be used in the rotation. This move doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Rodriguez was hit pretty hard by the Astros on Thursday, allowing five runs on six hits and a pair of walks in 1.2 innings. Although there has been no official word on the rotation beyond the first two games, it seems highly unlikely that Rodriguez will start Game 3 or 4, meaning that he should be available out of the bullpen immediately, effective for Game 1 on Thursday.
Rodriguez (6-7) was pummeled for five runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in just 1.2 innings to take the loss Thursday against Houston.
Rodriguez struggled from the get-go, surrendering three runs on a bases-clearing double by Marwin Gonzalez in the first inning and two more on an Alex Bregman homer in the second before being pulled with just 50 pitches under his belt. He was on pace to finish with a sub-4.00 ERA for the second time in three years, but this poor performance raised Rodriguez's ERA from 3.91 to 4.19. While the lefty's lined up to start against these same Astros in the ALDS next week should Boston hold on to win the AL East crown, manager John Farrell could opt to go in a different direction after seeing this result.
Rodriguez (6-6) earned the win over the Reds on Saturday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out six over 7.2 scoreless innings.
He didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning, and all three hits against him on the day were singles (one of the infield variety). The lefty has been pitching brilliantly throughout September, posting a 2.13 ERA and 30:8 K:BB over his last four starts. Rodriguez endured a rough stretch upon his return from knee surgery, and pitching coach Carl Willis told CSNNE.com that he felt altered mechanics were largely to blame for those prolonged struggles. Now that Rodriguez has regained confidence in the knee and is pushing off the mound better with his lower half, he's looking like a potential playoff starter for Boston.
Rodriguez (5-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk across 5.2 innings while taking the loss Sunday against the Rays. He struck out seven.
Rodriguez allowed an unearned run in the first inning and was lucky to escape a bases-loaded jam with just one more run tacked on in the fifth. He worked into the sixth inning but was chased from the game with an elevated pitch count after Jesus Sucre took him deep for the decisive solo home run. Despite the loss, Rodriguez has pitched well of late, posting a 2.55 ERA with a 24:6 K:BB across 17.2 innings in his last three starts. He will look to keep it going Saturday against the Reds.
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