It should be pretty clear by now that the baseball gods are not on the Boston Red Sox side.
The starting rotation was already going to be depleted going into this season, as Chris Sale is out with Tommy John surgery and David Price was traded to the Dodgers, so their two spots are being filled at the back of the rotation by Ryan Weber and a bullpen opener of some sort.
Ron Roenicke might just have to put another opener in place for Eduardo Rodriguez after he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Roenicke said that Rodriguez is feeling better and hopes to be ready by Opening Day.
“Rodriguez wants to be ready for Opening Day, but we’ll have to see how it goes,” Roenicke said during a Zoom call Tuesday with reporters. “The medical team will follow him, give him instructions.”
Sorry Red Sox fans, he is not going to be on the mound for Opening Day.
He still will need to test negative two times in a row before he can even get into Fenway Park and he isn’t even in Boston yet. Who knows how long that process is going to take, meanwhile Nathan Eovaldi is already throwing 99 mph and striking out hitters during live batting practice.
Eovaldi will likely slate in as the July 24 starter vs Baltimore and then will likely be followed by Martin Perez in Game 2, Ryan Weber in Game 3, and then back to back openers assuming that Eduardo Rodriguez is not yet ready to start in games yet.
The Red Sox were already looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees in their division and both teams have a “big three” at the top of their rotations.
The Rays have Blake Snell, Charlie Morton, and Tyler Glasnow while the Yankees have Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, and James Paxton while Boston now has Eovaldi, Perez, and Weber (again, assuming Rodriguez isn’t ready for the start of the season).
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(Photo: AP-Michael Dwyer)