Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez was diagnosed with a heart condition called myocarditis on Sunday, just over a week after being cleared to resume baseball activities.
Rodríguez tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 before training camp began in March. He told reporters that the virus made him feel “100 years old” and it took him 10 days to even resume a throwing program. The left-hander underwent an MRI that revealed the myocarditis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the heart muscle and typically contracted after a viral infection.
Unable to participate in baseball activities since Thursday, Rodríguez will remain shut down for another week before the team’s medical staff reassesses his condition. Since arriving in Boston for training camp, he’s not reported any lingering symptoms from his experience with the coronavirus.
A 27-year-old starter, Rodríguez was expected to be the Red Sox’s ace this season after Chris Sale underwent Tommy John surgery in April. He made 34 starts in 2019, posting a 3.81 ERA with 213 strikeouts and an AL-high 75 walks while eclipsing 200 innings for the first time in his career.
With Rodríguez and Sale unavailable, the Red Sox started Nathan Eovaldi on Opening Day. He turned in six innings of one run ball as Boston beat the Orioles 13-2.
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