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.
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell