Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Headed To DL With Knee Injury
Last night, Eduardo Rodriguez made his 11th start of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. During his pregame bullpen session, Eduardo Rodriguez slipped while making a pitch. You can see video of the slip at this link. Eduardo Rodriguez then had his worst performance of the year by far. He only went 5.2 innings, giving up 8 hits, 7 runs, walked 3, struck out 4, and gave up 4 home runs on 94 pitches (61 strikes).
After the game, Eduardo Rodriguez didn’t blame his poor performance on the slip in the bullpen before the game. He owned up to the performance. As it turns out, he could have blamed it on the performance. This afternoon, he was placed on the 10 DL with a knee injury. During last nights game, Christian Vasquez said that you could tell Eduardo Rodriguez was off his game, beginning with the loss in velocity.
Chtistian Vazquez says he could tell was off with ERod as game went on last night, starting with dip in velocity
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) June 2, 2017
This is a huge blow to the Red Sox starting rotation. Just as the Red Sox get David Price back from his injury, you lose Eduardo Rodriguez to injury. Eduardo Rodriguez was 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 55.1 innings on the season going into last night. Losing a player of that caliber is a huge loss to the team as a whole.
Red Sox Rotation Going Forward
For the Red Sox, you have to assume that Brian Johnson will take Rodriguezs’ spot in the rotation while he is on the DL. But that might not happen until next Saturday, June 10th. With the off day on Monday, the Red Sox have the ability to do that. It appears that the Red Sox are promoting Brandon Workmen to the Red Sox in the meantime, so next Saturday the team could promote Johnson to take over in the rotation.
Johnson is supposed to start for the Paw Sox tomorrow night at Durham, but there is no reason to have him on the Red Sox roster until next Saturday. The Red Sox will keep Workmen on the roster until then, so they have the extra reliever to work with. Then when they need him, the Red Sox should promote Brian Johnson to the active 25 man roster.