Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez had tested positive for coronavirus. Rodriguez, 27, is coming off a breakout campaign. The lefty was able to post a record of 19-6. That helped him place sixth in the 2019 American League Cy Young Award voting.
Eduardo Rodriguez tests positive for coronavirus: Boston Red Sox starter still wants to be ready for Opening Day https://t.co/PjlIWp2Ybu
— Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) July 7, 2020
First and foremost, my well wishes go out to Rodriguez. But as Christopher Smith notes, Sox manager Ron Roenicke said via Zoom that although Rodriguez isn’t feeling 100 percent, the starter is hoping to be ready for Opening Day.
At the same time, coronavirus is something unprecedented. The only other thing comparable to what is going on right now would be the MLB’s 1918 season (when the Spanish Flu was rearing its ugly head).
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that we have no idea how long it could take a player to recover from Covid-19: the disease effects everyone differently.
Fans can not expect Rodriguez to suit up in a week or two. The lefty could be out of the rotation for a month. That’s extremely vital for two reasons: the Red Sox rotation is currently the weakest part of the team, and this season has been cut down to 60 games.
If Rodriguez is out for any extended period of time, Boston’s rotation would be looking rough for what can already be considered the stretch run.
And you thought the 2019 Red Sox pitching staff was bad? Take a look at who is currently available for 2020!
Marcus Walden, your workhorse. pic.twitter.com/0SQIwT3p3r
— Matt McCarthy (@MattMcCarthy985) July 8, 2020
Subtracting E-Rod, the rotation would be made up of Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Ryan Weber (yuck), and then? Colin McHugh? Hector Velasquez? Brian Johnson? I’m sure Boston will figure out something, but yikes.
The question before Rodriguez even got sick was whether or not Boston could contend with rotation they assembled this (very long) offseason. They had to replace an injured Chris Sale, as well as both Rick Porcello and David Price while not spending much money.
That is why Boston’s in the spot they are. The Sox depth is undesirable for any ball club: they don’t have many talented pitchers like they have had in years past. It is possible Boston could bring in another body, but would anyone on the free agent market help them that much?
A guess, but wouldn’t be surprised if Aaron Sanchez was brought in. Offseason shoulder surgery that is now 100% per Boras. Clear opportunity. Desperate need. A reclamation project on a player that shows electric stuff if not results. One way or another pitching needs to be added.
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) July 8, 2020
The more the merrier, but no one will be able to replicate the production of Porcello, Price and Sale (last year excluded). Time will tell, but this is some very not good news for Boston to start this already crazy season.
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