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.”


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.”

McAdam: Sox avoid scare from Rodriguez

Boston Red Sox avoid a scare from Eduardo Rodriguez after he tweaks his left knee shagging fly balls, and Rusney Castillo takes the field for Spring Training.

Posted by Sean McAdam on Saturday, February 27, 2016

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.

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