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Report: Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez progressing with knee injury

Report: Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez progressing with knee injury

Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who injured his right knee pitching in the Venezuelan winter league on Dec. 27, is walking without pain and is expected to be ready for spring training, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported.

Rodriguez, 23, expected to be in the starting rotation, went 3-7 with a 4.71 ERA in 20 starts last season. The start of his season was delayed by an injury to the same knee, sustained in fielding drills on Feb. 29 at spring training. The Red Sox originally dismissed that as a minor tweak, but he didn't make his first major league start until May 31. 

“He is feeling fine at this point and is walking without pain. So we feel no sense of urgency,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told Abraham. Dombrowski also said no decision has been made on Rodriguez's participating in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela. 
 

David Price acknowledges reasons he stayed with Red Sox

David Price acknowledges reasons he stayed with Red Sox

David Price had an opportunity to opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox this offseason. He could have chosen to forego the last four years on his deal to pursue a new contract or join a different team. He put that speculation to bed early in the offseason by opting in to stay with the Red Sox for the long haul.

Price had a tumultuous start to his Red Sox career, but he made a name for himself in the team's 2018 postseason run. He recorded three wins, including the decisive World Series victory, and finally shook off his previous postseason struggles.

In an exclusive interview with NESN's Adam London, Price laid out exactly why he chose to stay in Boston.

It wasn’t a difficult decision. I mean, I don’t want to pitch against this team. If I chose to go somewhere else and went to the National League or another team, the Red Sox aren’t a team you want to pitch against. I like our chances of winning ever since I’ve been here. I knew when I signed in Boston I was gonna have a chance to compete for a championship year in and year out. That, to me, is what I wanted. To have the opportunity to compete for a championship and to be surrounded by a lot of really good youth. That’s the two things that Boston offers, along with being able to get free agents. Whatever free agent we want we can go and get. To have those three things, that’s a recipe for success and that was why I came here.

Price's reasoning seems logical here. The Red Sox are one of the best, young teams in the MLB and they should continue to grow despite winning 108 games and a World Series title last season. They project to be contenders for the duration of Price's four-year deal, so with winning apparently mattering the most to him, staying put is a good move.

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Bobby Dalbec shows why he's become a top Red Sox prospect

Bobby Dalbec shows why he's become a top Red Sox prospect

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sure, it was against a college team, but Red Sox third base prospect Bobby Dalbec made his presence felt on Friday.

Dalbec, Boston’s clean-up hitter vs Northeastern, stepped up to the plate in the second inning and blasted a mammoth home run to dead center field. The 23-year-old has a reputation as one of the organization’s best power-hitting prospects, so for him to drill the first homer of the spring was fitting.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked after the 6-0 win if he was impressed by Dalbec -- a pitcher while playing for the University of Arizona -- even though the homer came off a college ballclub.

“Yeah,” Cora said. “When he came into the dugout I said hey I was wrong, I thought you were gonna be a pitcher.”

“You can see it, you know. Like he has a pretty good idea what he wants to do at the plate. The strikeouts, they happen but certain situations he’ll put the ball in play which is what we like.”

Dalbec had 32 home runs in 2018 between his stints with Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. While it’s fairly unlikely he plays at the big-league level this season, look for the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder to make an impact at Triple-A Pawtucket.

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