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Since Feb 27th Eduardo Rodriguez has not thrown a single pitch off an elevated mound.
It was on that day that he stumbled during fielding drills and injured his right knee.
Ian Browne from MLB reports that this is going to change today.
E-Rod will at last throw off a mound tomorrow, at which point @RedSox will have better sense of when he will be back.— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 15, 2016
It won't change the fact that Rodriguez has little chance of making the opening day rooster, as he has fallen behind in his preparations caused by the injury delay, but 20-25 pitches today in a bullpen session will give the Red Sox a better feel for his schedule.
"That's the next progressive step," said manager John Farrell. "That's probably going to tell us a lot. See where he's at. It will give us further input to map out his return calendar, and then [how that meshes] with the start of the season."
They are being very cautious with the mighty lefty, not wanting to rush anything before his knee is fully recovered.
With Rodriguez leaving a spot open, chances are looking good for Steven Wright and Henry Owens to make the starting rotation. With the different look a knuckleball pitcher gives your rotation and being out of minor league options, Wright continues to state his case by throwing the knuckleball for strikes this Spring.
Stay tuned Red Sox Nation, the rotation battles are heating up with likely 4 appearances remaining for pitchers to state their cases this Spring.
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