Friday, April 6, 2018

Eduardo Rodriguez Will Make His First 2018 Start Sunday Against Devil Dogs

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The long-awaited return of left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez will happen on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. E-Rod had knee surgery last October and has made the slow and steady recovery without too many problems. Despite a disappointing 2017 season (4.19 ERA), he still logged an impressive 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Slotting him in after Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello will solidify an already historically good starting rotation. His activation—along with the soon-to-be return of Drew Pomeranz—will cause a little bit of a log-jam on the pitching staff overall. Brian Johnson and Hector Velazquez have both pitched extremely well as the fourth and fifth starters, and could be headed to the bullpen to bolster what has been an "up-and-down" relief corps. Stay tuned!