Eduardo Rodriguez out for 2020 season following COVID-19-related heart condition, team announces

Eduardo Rodriguez out for 2020 season following COVID-19-related heart condition, team announces
BOSTON, MA -Eduardo Rodriguez #57 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after Martin Maldonado #15 of the Houston Astros hit a home run during the fourth inning at Fenway Park on September 8, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON — Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez will miss the remainder of the 2020 MLB season, the team’s Chief Baseball Officer, Chaim Bloom, announced on Saturday afternoon.

Rodriguez, who hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game in 2020, was diagnosed with COVID-19 early in July. Since then, the left-hander was cleared to return to play, but a later MRI revealed that Rodriguez, 27, has a heart condition called myocarditis.

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Doctors believe that Rodriguez’s myocarditis is a result of his recent battle with COVID-19, per the Associated Press. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle and is usually caused by a viral infection, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

In 2019, Rodriguez went 19-6 in 34 starts for the Red Sox. The lefty compiled a 3.81 earned run average while recording 213 strikeouts.

He led the team in wins, starts, ERA, and innings pitched while finishing second on the Red Sox in strikeouts to Chris Sale (218).

The Red Sox (3-5) continue their shortened season Saturday night in the Bronx when they take on the New York Yankees.

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