Red Sox Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez Turned Down Team Venezuela In WBC
Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was expected to join Team Venezuela in this years World Baseball Classic but the left turned down the opportunity.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said on Wednesday that Rodriguez was asked to join Venezuela in the second round of the QBC but he declined given the fact that he hurt his knee playing in a winter league and is focused on going through proper treatment.
“They requested and he denied,” Farrell said. “He decided to stay here. Given all he has come off this winter, the treatment he currently goes through. He’s decided to stay here.”
Rodriguez has put himself in a solid position to occupy the No. 3 spot in the Red Sox’ rotation, assuming David Price starts the year on the disabled list. He has made three Grapefruit League outings, giving up three runs in nine innings while striking out seven and walking two.
“In addition to showing good stuff and throwing strikes, the fact that his slider has become more of defined pitch, and when I say defined I mean the shape of it, the action to it, that’s become more of true weapon,” Farrell said. “Last year his slider would be more of a cutter and to a hitter there wasn’t a lot of separation between the pitches. There’s more of that this year. There’s more of put-away pitch for him at times, so that adjustment that he’s gone through has been a net-plus right now.”