Looks like the Red Sox have avoided a scare with Eduardo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was dropped in the second inning of Friday’s 6-2 win over the Yankees with migraine symptoms. The Red Sox left-hander had given an RBI double to Brett Gardner, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead when he pointed to the dugout and leaned back to the mound. While surrounded by his teammates, manager Alex Cora, pitching coach Dave Bush and training staff quickly followed Rodriguez before he left the field.
Cora had noticed that Rodriguez was not feeling well before leaving for the second innings.
“He was having trouble concentrating,” Cora said. “I saw him in the dugout. He’s usually very talkative, walks around the dugout and he’s not talking to the people in the corner of the dugout, and it happens. Hopefully this is something that we get involved in Hopefully he doesn’t miss the start, so we’ll see.”
Phillips Valdez, recently called from Triple-A Worcester, heaved a sigh of relief. He was dominant in three innings of relief, hitting seven Yankees, to lead a clutch performance by the Red Sox bullpen, which nearly blanked the Yankees for the rest of the game before Brandon Workman gave up a run in the ninth.
But there was clear concern for Rodriguez, who missed the 2020 season due to myocarditis, a complication of COVID-19. He has been largely healthy returning to the mound this season after missing his first start of the season due to a dead hand he experienced in spring training.
Cora wasn’t sure what was going on with Rodriguez, seeing the way catcher Christian Vazquez reacted to his pitcher having trouble. The manager did not deny that Rodriguez did not start as they continue to be cautious with him.
“I went over there and talked to him and he was telling me how he felt, what was going on,” Cora said. “(I said), ‘Take a deep breath and we’ll kick you out of the game.’ That’s what we do. You have to take care of the players. That’s the most important thing. Now we just have to see how he reacts tonight, how he feels tomorrow and off we go If he has to miss from the start, he misses. Looks like he didn’t pitch last year with a heart problem so we have to be very careful with him.