June 12, 2024

Crimson Sox

Rodriguez’s injury-riddled season might be coming to an finish.

Joely Rodriguez could have pitched for the ultimate time this season. Charles Krupa/AP Photograph

Boston Crimson Sox reliever Joely Rodriguez suffered a setback in his damage rehab just lately, placing his standing for the remainder of the season in query.

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Rodriguez had been on the 15-day damage checklist with proper hip irritation since July 31. He felt one thing in his hip flare up whereas throwing a bullpen session, which meant the left-hander’s restoration would take for much longer than the 15 days the Crimson Sox had anticipated.

When requested if there was a risk that Rodriguez would miss the rest of the 2023 season, supervisor Alex Cora didn’t mince his phrases.

“Yeah, there’s a very good probability,” Cora stated.

It’s unlucky information for the Crimson Sox, who believed that Rodriguez was progressing properly in his rehab.

“The way in which he was throwing the ball, we felt actually, actually good the place he was,” Cora stated. “The rate was going up and the separation between the fastball and the changeup, you can see it on the swing.”

The Crimson Sox signed Rodriguez to a $2 million deal in November, making him considered one of Boston’s first free agent acquisitions of this previous offseason. They have been relying on him to contribute as considered one of their solely left-handed relievers, however a myriad of accidents prevented that from taking place. 

Rodriguez began the season on the 15-day damage checklist with an indirect pressure and made his season debut six weeks later. Roughly one month later, shoulder irritation put him again on the 15-day IL, and the Crimson Sox activated him a month earlier than his hip introduced him proper again.

Rodriguez has registered a 6.55 ERA with a 1.75 WHIP within the 11 innings he has pitched this season, and opponents are batting .289 in opposition to him. In his absence, a number of left-handed relievers resembling Brennan Bernardino and Chris Murphy have cemented themselves as mainstays within the Crimson Sox’ bullpen. They turned the deadly southpaws the Crimson Sox anticipated Rodriguez to be.

Regardless that Rodriguez may miss the remainder of the season, the Crimson Sox are nonetheless hoping to return him to type.

“Now we simply have to ensure we get him proper and see the place it takes us,” Cora stated.