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Red Sox injury updates: E-Rod throws bullpen, Devers headed to Lowell

Rob Bradford
August 05, 2018 - 8:25 pm

The Red Sox got some encouraging news regarding Eduardo Rodriguez Sunday afternoon, with the lefty starter heading back to a mound for the first time since injuring his right ankle.

Under the watchful eye of Red Sox pitching coaches Dana LeVangie and Brian Bannister, Rodriguez executed a bullpen session on the Fenway Park mound. It was a huge step in the right direction for the pitcher, who is still on the 10-day disabled list after hurting his ankle in the sixth inning of his start against the Blue Jays July 14.

"I want to keep doing it, you know what I mean? My ankle is really good, feels great, feels fine throwing the ball," said Rodriguez, who had Rafael Devers stand in the batter's box tracking each of the 25 pitches. "That was the test today, how I would land on it and everything. Feels really good."

"Eduardo, that was impressive, honestly," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "He threw a bullpen and that was good to see. I don’t know yet what’s the next step but to see him on the mound, like I told you guys that Sunday, that didn’t look too promising. That was good, those are good news right there."

- Devers, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, also executed a workout on the Fenway Park field prior to Sunday night's game.

The third baseman had no issues while fielding ground balls and running the bases, leading the news that he will play for the Single-A Lowell Spinners at LeLacheur Park Monday night.