When it comes to starting pitching, few teams took as big a hit in 2020 as the Boston Red Sox.
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David Price and Rick Porcello were in different uniforms (with Price eventually opting out for pandemic-related reasons), Chris Sale needed Tommy John Surgery, Nathan Eovaldi was limited to just nine games.
And then there was Eduardo Rodriguez.
Arguably the team's best pitcher in 2019, ERod ended up missing the entire 2020 season after being diagnosed with the viral condition myocarditis which was the result of him testing positive for COVID-19.
The Red Sox were optimistic after hearing reports that ERod was healthy, but the real proof of how much progress the lefty had made appeared earlier this week on his Instagram feed. The Red Sox prmoptly added the video to their Twitter feed.
Speaking on MLB Network Radio this week, manager Alex Cora said, "As of now, he’s on pace to be ready for the start of the season. Obviously, we’re not going to push him. We’re going to be very careful. It’s something very serious. I’m glad he’s upbeat and he’s going through his workouts as normal as possible."
Cora has also mentioned the possibility of Boston using a 6-man rotation in 2021.
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