Red Sox: What Eduardo Rodriguez injury means long term

The Boston Red Sox were dealt a huge blow after finding out that Eduardo Rodriguez will be out for longer than one turn in the rotation

The Red Sox received news that David Price was making his season debut on May 29th. Two starts later, it looks like he’s back to his old self. The Sox now had the power three at the top of the rotation for the first time all season. The good news was short lived however as today the Sox found out that they were going to be losing Eduardo Rodriguez for longer than just a couple of days. Is this a major problem?

E-Rod is looking at missing anywhere between 3 – 4 weeks and that’s on the short end. This is not the first time that this injury has occurred. What’s worse is now the Sox have to rely heavily on their minor league starters to fill in the gap. Brian Johnson seemed like he was guaranteed the nod after his last start resulted in a complete game shut out. He left that start after striking out five in 1 2/3rd’s innings allowing two hits before slipping.

The bad luck wasn’t as bad as we all had originally thought. The off day on Monday gave the Sox an extra day to solve their issue and with a full four days before someone has to start, there are solutions for the lack of a better term to their issue. Filling E-Rod’s shoes will be no easy task. This will be tough unless Johnson is healthy enough to pitch.

Rolling out with a four man rotation is not a wise decision especially since Price is being slowly worked back into form. They need to find a 5th man and that issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible. Possible candidates include Johnson as mentioned, Hector Velazquez, and Kyle Kendrick.

Joe Kelly could also fill in as a spot starter although his pitch count might be held to no more than 55-70 hypothetically. Maybe they’d get four to five innings out of him there? I really hope they don’t go back to Kendrick after he blew up in his two starts.

Velazquez wouldn’t be a bad option if Johnson isn’t able to make the start. Maybe Johnson is only set back a week before he can make it. In that case, Vel only comes in for a start before the quick fix is made. The Sox were monitoring Johnson’s hamstring and knee and if they’re not 100% certain, let him rest a week before bringing him back up.

Sox fans have got to be hoping that Johnson is okay. It could fix the issue in dealing with the E-Rod injury. When looking at it long term, it might not be an issue at all. Management will need to monitor this situation very carefully.

The Yankees host the Red Sox for a three game series in the Bronx starting Tuesday night. Drew Pomeranz will face off against Masahiro Tanaka. Pomeranz and Tanaka will both be seeking their 6th win on the year.

 

Photo Credit – Patrick Semansky – AP Photo

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