Boston Red Sox Talk: Starting Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Told By Dr. James Andrews To Rest For Three To Four Weeks After Suffering Knee Injury
Looks like the Boston Red Sox starting rotation will be without Eduardo Rodriguez for the foreseeable future.
According to Evan Drelich of CSNNE.com, E-Rod has been told by Dr. James Andrews to rest for three-to-four weeks and try to recover slowly from his right knee subluxation instead of going in for surgery. Rodriguez’s visit with Andrews was to seek a second opinion on his injury after being placed on the 10-day-dl after suffering the injury in his outing last Thursday.
Obviously at this point surgery is still an option with Andrews recommendation being an option at this point for E-Rod, a surgery would put his recovery window from five-to-six months. If Rodriguez waits it out, returns and then suffers another subluxation, that would likely be a definite surgery for him.
The injury is the same Rodriguez suffered in spring training 2016. This time around he only felt the injury on Friday, a day after his start, and he was immediately placed on the DL by Boston.
With the return of David Price just over a week ago, the Red Sox rotation can afford to lose E-Rod for a little bit if everyone else can do their part. This means Chris Sale who has struggled as of late will need to return to form, Price will have to continue to pitch well, Drew Pomeranz will have to hold it together as well, and Rick Porcello the reigning Cy Young winner will have to continue to improve month after month like he did from April to May.
In Rodriguez’s place the Red Sox will likely call for Brian Johnson who has recently felt better after dealing with a hamstring injury of his own just earlier this week. Johnson is slated to go for Pawtucket on Thursday but that could easily change for him to be in Boston this weekend for their series against the Detroit Tigers.