Eduardo Rodriguez

Red Sox notes: Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday; Rusney Castillo has shoulder issue

Rob Bradford
May 27, 2015 - 8:12 am

MINNESOTA -- The Red Sox continue to mix things up a bit. Prior to his team's series finale against the Twins Wednesday, John Farrell announced Eduardo Rodriguez would be getting the start against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas Thursday. It will be the major league debut for Rodriguez, who was acquired from the Orioles at last season's non-waiver trade deadline in exchange for Andrew Miller. The lefty has posted a 2.98 ERA in his eight starts with Triple-A Pawucket, striking out 44 and walking just seven. He is coming off a seven-inning outing Saturday in which the 22-year-old allowed two runs on nine hits, fanning six and not walking a batter. Farrell noted that the Rodriguez start will allow for an extra day of rest for the rest of the Red Sox starts, while allowing for an opportunity get major league experience for the rookie. "Very good stuff. Very good ability with his fastball, a lot of strikes, a lot of power to it," Farrell said. "Changeup is a true weapon for him. The slider is a pitch that continues to come along. We wanted to build in the extra day for guys and get his debut kind of under his belt before we may possibly need him later on in the season." However, when asked what would happen if Rodriguez pitched "really, really, really well," Farrell responded, "Then we'll have to really, really, really reconsider." According to Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who caught Rodriugez earlier this season in Pawtucket, the pitcher's strength is his power and competitiveness. "He'€™s not scared to go after guys," Swihart noted. "He'€™s very confident out there on the mound and he goes out there with the confidence that he'€™s going to win the battle. To just have a guy who goes out there and competes like that is nice. "He just went out there and was consistent every time. You know you'€™re going to get a good game out of him, even if he doesn'€™t have his best stuff that day. ... When you make it look easy to throw 95 it'€™s pretty easy to go with that. It'€™s just sneaky. Everything is hard. Slider is hard. Changeup is hard. And everything moves so much it'€™s effective." - Rusney Castillo, who made two outstanding diving catches in the Red Sox' 2-1 loss Tuesday night, is out of the lineup after aggravating a shoulder injury that plagued him during his time in Triple-A. Farrell noted that it didn't appear a trip to disabled list was going to be needed. "He felt like he could swing the bat, and that was even the case last night if his at-bat came up in that final at-bat," the manager said. "But was not going to go on the field defensively if we extended that game. He tested out the same this morning. There'€™s a couple of plains in the physical testing where we were able to reproduce the discomfort. We think this is minor in nature but he didn'€™t'€™ feel comfortable trying to get loose here this morning."