Sunday, May 8, 2016

Eduardo Rodriguez Set To Join Red Sox Rotation Soon

In his final rehab start on Sunday, Eduardo Rodriguez showed he is ready to join the Red Sox rotation. The 23-year-old lefty went 5 2/3 innings today—and, despite giving up two HRs—threw in the low-to-mid-90s with his fastball. E-Rod gave up three earned runs on six hits, while striking out two. Rodriguez has now delivered two straight solid minor league rehab outings, and appears to be fully recovered from the leg injury he suffered in Spring Training. He will likely join the Sox early in the week and immediately be inserted into the rotation—likely in the number four spot behind David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Rick Porcello. When Joe Kelly returns from the DL, it will be interesting to see where the highly-effective Steven Wright will fit in. As has been discussed in the past, Kelly (and his high-90s fastball) could be better suited for the bullpen.