After recovering from coronavirus, Red Sox hurler Eduardo Rodriguez has been sidelined with a heart condition, according to a WEEI report.
Rodriguez’ ailment is believed to be myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart often caused by viral infections. The complications, which Sox manager Ron Roenicke described as “minor” will have him shut down for now, with a follow-up evaluation in a week.
Sox manager Ron Roenicke described the complications as “minor.”
“It’s a mild case but it’s still serious enough to where we feel like to do the right thing with our players and to take care of them this is a decision our doctors and (Sox GM) Chaim (Bloom) and his crew and all of us have come up with,” Roenicke said.
“Obviously it backs him off from being active and on the field and being able to be part of our staff. It’s disappointing to him, obviously. He came in here after going through the sickness and felt like he was going to be a full go and now a setback.”
Though as a new illness, there is much to learn about coronavirus. One of the more troubling long-term issues with the virus is the emergence of heart damage among people that have caught the virus. In a recent study, one in seven coronavirus patients had “severe abnormalities.”
With Chris Sale out after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Rodriguez was expected to be the staff ace. One of the few bright spots on a disappointing Red Sox team that failed to defend their 2018 title, the 27-year-old southpaw won 19 games, third in the majors, and threw a career-high 203 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox open their season on Friday against the Orioles.
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