A spot nearly opened up in the Red Sox rotation today.
Upstart southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez fell during a popup drill and injured his right knee, possibly twisting it by catching his spike in the ground.
“It was a scare like that but now I’m fine,” Rodriguez said according to MassLive’s Christopher Smith. “I’m going to be fine.”
Eduardo Rodriguez MRI update: Subluxation of the patella tendon. Ligaments are fine. Structurally fine. Swelling though. No timetable yet.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) February 28, 2016
Members of the Red Sox medical staff tended to E-Rod who stayed on the ground. Rodriguez eventually got up on his own.
It could have been worse. The 22-year-old Rodriguez himself thought the hit might send him to the DL for a long time.
“I’m not going to pitch again,” E-Rod said regarding the first thought that crossed him mind when he went down. “I’m going to have to wait a long time. But I’m fine.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell set Red Sox Nation at ease with in his post-workout report on E-Rod.
“He was backing down the mound and caught a spike, tweaked his knee a little bit,” Farrell told reporters. “Going through the training room assessment, unable to reproduce any kind of discomfort. We’ll certainly get a better read on it when he comes in in the morning.”
Rodriguez finished the 2015 season with a 10-6 record to go along with a 3.85 ERA in 21 starts.