Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
Boston Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez may avoid needing surgery on his injured right knee and, if so, will only miss three to four weeks of action, according to Evan Drellich of CSNNE:
“CSNNE.com has learned that Dr. James Andrews’ recommendation to Rodriguez was to attempt to rest for three to four weeks and try to recover conservatively from a right knee subluxation rather than go for surgery. Rodriguez went to Andrews today to receive a second opinion on his injury.”
“Surgery this season, or really at any time, remains possible. The news was positive overall for the Red Sox left-hander, because it means there’s a chance he helps down the stretch run. There’s still swelling in Rodriguez’s right knee, but there’s said to be no ligament damage discovered.”
Rodriguez, 24, suffered the same injury in 2016 during Spring Training, making this recurrence potentially troubling if he ultimately requires surgery. He suffered this latest injury on Thursday, falling over in the bullpen while warming up, according to Drellich.
He still made his scheduled start against the Baltimore Orioles, throwing 94 pitches in a 7-5 loss. But he was ultimately placed on the disabled list on Friday, a frustrating development for Rodriguez.
“I’ve been working this offseason and Spring Training and all the season so things like that don’t happen anymore,” he said, per ESPN.com.
Rodriguez has been a solid starter for the Red Sox this season, going 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 61 innings. Brandon Workman took his spot on the 25-man roster, while Brian Johnson is likely to take his place in the rotation.