Multiple reports have confirmed that Eduardo Rodriguez will not make the Opening Day Roster as he is still recovering from his dislocated knee cap.
The swelling has subsided, but Rodriguez still cannot land on his plant leg in the repetitive manner that is required as a pitcher and a starter, nonetheless.
In a conversation with WEEI’s Rob Bradford, manager John Farrell said, “We have to do what’s right by the player. You have to manage the situation for six, seven, potentially eight months rather than seven days."
“The one thing that we want to do is make sure the progression or the foundation is as strong as it possibly can be for the remainder of the season,” Farrell continued.
Although there is no timetable for his return, Rodriguez is scheduled to throw 90-100 feet today, according to Farrell, and will be need to throw in two bullpen sessions before returning. However, those bullpens may not be on the horizon.
Peter Abraham from the Boston Globe quoted Farrell in saying, “We’ve held out mapping out anything beyond his first bullpen and we’re not even there yet.”
Farrell also noted to Abraham that “Through repetition, he’s gained some confidence in that landing leg that was affected by the knee issue.” However despite that confidence there is “Still no time frame or date to get him on the mound yet.”
This should not be any sort of concern to Red Sox nation as Roenis Elias, Henry Owens, and Steven Wright are all available as starters and it’s still very early even in Spring Training, never mind the 2016 season.
Rodriguez should be back in the rotation with plenty of time to establish a specific order to carry the Sox deep into October.