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Sports Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez cleared for physical activity after COVID-related heart issue

20:11  26 september  2020
20:11  26 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was cleared by the team for physical activity after battling a heart condition caused by COVID-19 that kept him out for all of 2020.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke told reporters Friday the left-handed starting pitcher will be able to do light physical activity while building up to a return in 2021. He was diagnosed in July with a heart condition called myocarditis, which is considered inflammation of the heart, after a bout with the coronavirus.

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After spending the last several months recovering from the condition, the 27-year-old Rodriguez was only recently cleared by doctors to begin walking again this past week.

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Roenicke said Rodriguez gave Red Sox trainers, and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom his full health update Thursday, describing it as "really good news."

"I talked to (Rodriguez) after the call and he was pretty excited," Roenicke said. "All the reports that came back, they looked at it. He has been cleared to start just walking. In a couple weeks, that’ll elevate to maybe some treadmill walking and exercising. They’re hoping that his offseason will be normal and he’ll be able to build himself up for next year. We’re all excited about it, and like I said, Eddy was thrilled.

a man wearing a baseball uniform throwing a ball: Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will miss the rest of the 2020 baseball season. © David Dermer, USA TODAY Sports Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will miss the rest of the 2020 baseball season.

“If everything continues as it is, we expect him to have a pretty normal offseason. It’s huge for us, huge for him, being able to be that type of pitcher we’re hoping he can repeat on last year."

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Rodriguez threw for a career-high 203 ⅓ innings in 2019, posting a 126 ERA+. In 127 career appearances, with 122 starts, he has a 4.03 ERA.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez cleared for physical activity after COVID-related heart issue


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