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Curt Schilling on D&C: Eduardo Rodriguez 'something special'

June 10, 2015 - 6:03 am
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ESPN analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about the Red Sox and the talent of Eduardo Rodriguez. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Rodriguez has three impressive starts under his belt following the six scoreless innings of work he put in Tuesday night against the Orioles. Schilling has been very impressed with what he has seen from the young left-hander. "You're looking at a guy who, for me, I thought he was by far the most talented player swapped at the deadline last year. He's just something special," Schilling said. The Red Sox took a 1-0 loss and Rodriguez got a no-decision despite his continued success on the hill. According to Schilling, Rodriguez should not be concerned with the lack of run support he received. "If you're focused and you're trying to win a game, you're pitching to the score as a young player," Schilling said. "These are the games you need to pitch when you're young. You need to learn how to pitch in the 1-0 games or the 2-1 games. Then you start to understand, you take the ball, you go out there and realize the leadoff hitter could be the winning run." Regarding the struggles of David Ortiz against left-handers, Schilling said that it might be necessary for manager John Farrell to start resting Ortiz against southpaws. "You can't let players manage themselves. ... The thing that makes him John Farrell and the thing that makes him respected around the league is communication. That's a conversation. If you don'€™t want to put him up there and you feel like he'€™s overmatched, you have to have that conversation," Schilling said. Injuries to catchers Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan early in the season forced the hand of the Red Sox and made it necessary to bring Blake Swihart to the big leagues sooner than expected. Schilling stressed the peril of bringing young catchers to the major league level too early because of the multitude of responsibility placed on that position. "As a pitcher, I was always very selfish from the standpoint of, 'I don't care if you go 0-for-4 and punch out four times on 12 pitches, I need you focused behind the plate.' And that'€™s hard. Short of probably relief pitchers, I think that is the most dangerous position in the game to have a player in the big leagues prematurely," Schilling said.

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