Boston Red Sox lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez’s season is over before it started due to complications from COVID-19.
The 27-year-old Rodriguez tested positive for coronavirus in early July. His battle with COVID-19 resulted in a diagnosis of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle typically caused by a virus.
Rodriguez is still dealing with the effects of myocarditis, even though the Red Sox do thankfully expect him to make a full recovery. On Thursday, he was shutdown from baseball activities for the foreseeable future.
Today, Boston announced that Rodriguez will not play this year.
Eduardo Rodriguez (heart issue related to Covid) will not return this year. The Red Sox do say they expect him to make a full recovery, and hopefully that’s the case.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2020
Rodriguez has pitched for the Red Sox each of the last five seasons. In that time frame he’s 51-31 overall with a 4.03 ERA, including a 19-6 season and sixth-place Cy Young finish last year.
“That (the heart) is the most important part of your body,” Rodriguez said about his diagnosis back on July 26. “So when you hear that — the first time that I hear it — I was like kind of scared. Now that I know what it is, it’s still scary. But now I know exactly what it is.”
Today’s news about Eduardo Rodriguez won’t make things easier for the already pitching-starved Red Sox, who are 3-5 on the young season. Boston takes on the New York Yankees in the Bronx tonight.