With 2016 winding down we all hoped that news like the passing of Carrie Fisher, best known for Princess Leia role in Star Wars, would be relegated to the past.
It has been a tough year.
For the Red Sox you might think that the offseason would mean that the bad news would be limited to watching David Ortiz enjoying his retirement as we all ponder the future without the enigmatic designated hitter.
It appears that Rodriguez, who has been pitching winter ball in Caracas, Venezuela, had to leave his game last Tuesday when he suffered right knee discomfort. Further inquiries resulted in the following comments by head of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, “He tweaked his knee last night pitching. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious.”
This was the same knee that Rodriguez injured at the start of 2016 causing him to miss the first two months of the season.
With the depth in the starting rotation a real question for the Red Sox, the last thing they need are injuries like this to continue raise their head. It is a long way off to Spring Training, but with offensive questions being raised it is of some importance that the starting rotation remain both healthy and dominant.
Keep a close eye on Rodriguez, along with the rest of the starting rotation, as they are going to be the key to a successful season in 2017.
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