The potential always has been there. Unfortunately, so have the injuries. After posting a 4.19 ERA over 24 starts last season while battling a right knee injury, Rodriguez opted for reconstructive surgery this offseason. He’ll begin the 2018 season on the 10-day disabled list as a result, but the hope is he’ll be fully healthy upon his return and able to recapture the success he found late in 2017: a 3.24 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 77 innings over his last 14 starts.
A healthy, productive Rodriguez behind Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello would make the Red Sox’s rotation quite formidable. If the 24-year-old stumbles, though, there are plenty of other candidates who could take his spot.
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