NEW YORK — Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday did not want to talk about the potential of surgery on his right knee. But overall, he sounded optimistic about his recovery from another right knee subluxation.
CSNNE.com reported on Monday that Dr. James Andrews’ recommendation as a second opinion was for rest and conservative recovery of three to four weeks, rather than surgery. Rodriguez and the Red Sox, however, made clear they were not working on any timetable.
“He just said to rest your knee, you know what I mean,” Rodriguez said. “Get it ready and take your time to get back. Make it stronger and that's it. … The doctor said, just rest a little bit and work out and get the knee stronger again.”
Timetables can always change as recoveries go. But Sox manager John Farrell indicated Rodriguez isn’t close to throwing off a mound. Rodriguez is not shut down or immobilized though as he rests and recovers, so he’s able to play catch.
“He'll start putting a ball back in his hand in the coming days on flat ground,” Farrell said. “As far as the mound goes, that’s going to be as he passes certain physical tests that will be mapped out along the way here.”
Said Rodriguez: “I've been working with the same exercises over time, and I'm going to keep working with that to get ready to pitch."
John Farrell can add another job to his resume.
The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.
The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.
Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.
In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!
The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!
After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning.
The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.
No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.
The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."