FORT MYERS, Fla. — Eduardo Rodriguez will not start on Opening Day, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Friday. The lefthander is dealing with a sore arm.
Nate Eovaldi will face the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at Fenway Park instead.
Rodriguez pitched only two innings in his last spring training start on Monday. He then missed a bullpen session on Wednesday and the Sox decided to remake their rotation to open the season.
“The last one wasn’t a great one as far as his stuff and his body,” Cora said. “We’ve been very straightforward with him. His body is going to dictate what we’re going to do with him. So his schedule got pushed back.”
Rodriguez played catch on Thursday and felt better. He had been scheduled to start on Saturday as a final tune-up for the season. Now the Sox are working on what comes next.
“Their bodies are going to let us know how we treat them. Eddie was honest about it,” Cora said. “We were talking the last few days, and that’s the decision we made.”
Cora said Rodriguez could simply be pushed back a few days and isn’t necessarily going to be placed on the injured list. Rodriguez is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. That will determine his next step.
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