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.
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.
“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.
Sept. 24: The Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. celebrates with teammate Randal Grichuk (15) after scoring a run against the New York Yankees at Sahlen Field. The Blue Jays won, 4-1, and clinched their first postseason berth since 2016.
Sept. 22: Marcell Ozuna and Atlanta Braves teammates celebrate clinching the National League East Division.
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Sept. 21: Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius leaps over the Washington Nationals' Asdrubal Cabrera after a force out at second base in the first inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the game, 5-1.
Sept. 18: The Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez is tagged out by Detroit Tigers catcher Austin Romine as he tries to steal home plate during the fourth inning at Comerica Park. The Indians won the game, 1-0.
Sept. 17: The Minnesota Twins' Josh Donaldson kicks dirt on home plate after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox as umpire Dan Bellino looks on at Guaranteed Rate Field. Donaldson was ejected from the game. The White Sox won the game, 4-3.
Sept. 16: The Milwaukee Brewers' Jacob Nottingham (26) celebrates with teammate Orlando Arcia (3) after hitting a 2-run homer in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. The Brewers won the game, 6-0.
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Sept. 15: The Chicago White Sox's Yasmani Grandal slides safely into second base as Minnesota Twins second baseman Travis Blankenhorn reaches for the throw during the third inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the game, 6-2.
Sept. 6: Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. jumps over Boston Red Sox baserunner Xander Bogaerts grab a pickoff throw from the catcher during the first inning at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays won the game, 10-8.
Sept. 2: Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Jonathan Villar unsuccessfully attempts to throw out the Miami Marlins' Starling Marte at first in the seventh inning at Marlins Park. The Blue Jays won the game, 2-1.
Aug. 30: The Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield steals second base as Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal collects the throw during the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the game, 5-2.
Aug. 22: The Los Angeles Angels' Luis Rengifo (4) is thrown out stealing second base against the Oakland Athletics as second baseman Tony Kemp tahs him out during the eighth inning at Oakland Coliseum. The Angels won the game, 4-3.
Aug. 18: Oakland Athletics second baseman Tony Kemp throws to first to complete the double play after forcing out sliding Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Starling Marte in the second inning at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the game, 10-1.
Aug. 16: Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Jose Peraza knocks the ball from the glove of New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton as Britton tries to tag him on a ground ball during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Peraza was safe at first on the play. The Yankees went on to win the game, 4-2.
Aug. 7: The Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield (15) is tagged out by Minnesota Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer in a rundown between first and second base in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the game, 3-2.
Aug. 6: Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez (74) falls into the netting along the left-field line while attempting to catch a ball hit off the bat of Christian Yelich, who got an inside-the-park home run on the play. The Brewers won the game, 8-3, at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Aug. 5: Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa tags out the Arizona Diamondbacks' Starling Marte on an attempted steal of second base during the sixth inning at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the game, 14-7.
Aug. 4: Los Angeles Angels left fielder Brian Goodwin watches a hit fall to the turf in front of him against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at T-Mobile Park. The Angels won the game, 5-3.
Aug. 3: The Milwaukee Brewers' Ben Gamel (16) is tagged out by Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu after being picked off of first base during the sixth inning at Miller Park. The White Sox won the game, 6-4.
Aug. 2: A cardboard cutout of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is seen in the stands before the game between the and Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mahomes is part owner of the Royals.
Aug. 1: Kansas City Royals center fielder Bubba Starling has the ball pop out of his glove and go over the wall for a three-run home run by Chicago White Sox batter Eloy Jimenez during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium.
July 30: Kansas City Royals right fielder Franchy Cordero makes a jumping catch at the wall on a ball hit by the Detroit Tigers' JaCoby Jones during the fifth inning at Comerica Park. The Royals won the game, 5-3.
July 29: Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings tags the Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Sogard out at home plate as umpire C.B. Bruckner looks on during the third inning at PNC Park. The Brewers won the game, 3-0.
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