Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez Has Myocarditis, Won’t Opt Out Of Season


July 26, 2020

Eduardo Rodriguez’s situation appears to be more serious than first reported.

The Boston Red Sox ace had a difficult battle with COVID-19, leaving him feeling like he was 100 years old. But the southpaw has been shut down once again due to “minor complications” of the novel coronavirus.

Rodriguez on Sunday revealed he’s been diagnosed with myocarditis, a result of the virus that can affect the heart’s ability to pump blood.

“Emotionally, it’s really hard because when I got here I was supposed to start getting ready,” Rodriguez said during a Zoom conference call. “And then we do the MRI and we get that (result) and I get the news that I have to rest for a week. It was hard for me. At least we know what’s going on.”

Rodriguez said he hasn’t considered opting out, which is good considering the Red Sox need their star starter. But he is taking this illness seriously.

“I want to be out there every time I can,” Rodriguez said. “I never thought about opting out of the season. I feel bad every time I see a game happening and I’m not in the dugout.

“(The heart) is the most important part of your body. The first time I heard it, I was kind of scared a little. I talked to my mom. I talked to my wife and let them know what I have. I’m just going to take a rest because that’s the heart and you don’t want to take a risk with that.”

Hopefully, Rodriguez can get back to feeling 100 percent soon.

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