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Friar: E-Rod's stellar outing a bright spot for Sox, now and for future


Friar: E-Rod's stellar outing a bright spot for Sox, now and for future

The Red Sox lost a winnable game Sunday in Oakland, but the frustrating 1-0 defeat did have its bright spot.

Namely, Eduardo Rodriguez.

When Rodriguez pulled himself the night before his Aug. 21 start against Detroit, saying the hamstring he'd pulled four days earlier after four no-hit innings in Baltimore wasn't sufficiently healed, a lot came into question with the lefty.

The Sox, in the heat of a tight playoff struggle, needed him to pitch. His late decision forced them to use the less-than-impressive Henry Owens, resulting in a 10-5 loss. Then, when Rodriguez finally returned -- Aug. 28 against Kansas City --  he struggled (5 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 4 walks, 5 runs allowed), raising doubts, again, about his ability to pitch through the sort of discomfort most players deal with.

His mental toughness came into question . . . not only with fans or the media, but with John Farrell, who was clearly upset with the lefty’s last-minute decision to skip a start.

But Rodriguez put at least some of those frustrations to rest Sunday with a dominant performance against the admittedly less-than-stellar A's, allowing only a tainted infield single after 7 2/3 no-hit innings. He departed after eight and wasn't involved in the eventual decision.

He was a bright spot in an otherwise dark afternoon for Boston.

"In the bigger picture, [Rodriguez’s] start today is extremely important to us as we continue to build out this rotation going into the final three, four weeks here,” said Farrell.

The way Farrell worded it further adds to the belief that Rodriguez’s role down the stretch was in question. With Steven Wright sidelined indefintely and Clay Buchholz proving to have some value in the bullpen, it's critical that Rodriguez show he can be either the third or fourth starter come playoff time.

And Sunday -- while the A's aren't exactly playoff-caliber -- he did.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”