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Red Sox clear LHP Rodriguez for some physical activity

Field Level Media
27 Sep 2020, 02:55 GMT+10

The Boston Red Sox have cleared left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to resume light physical activity following a heart condition that cost him the entire 2020 season.

The 27-year-old was diagnosed in July with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that is believed to be related to his recent battle with the coronavirus.

"I talked to (Rodriguez) after the call and he was pretty excited," Boston manager Ron 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."

The team is hopeful Rodriguez can work his way back into form for the 2021 season.

He was projected to be Boston's No. 1 pitcher and Opening Day starter. The team announced Rodriguez tested positive on July 7 and placed him on the injured list on July 15.

The Venezuela native had his best major-league campaign in 2019. Rodriguez posted a 19-6 record with a 3.81 ERA in 2019 and set career highs in wins, ERA, innings (203 1/3), starts (34) and strikeouts (213).

"If everything continues as it is, we expect him to have a pretty normal offseason," Roenicke said. "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."

--Field Level Media

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