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E-Rod making push for return to Red Sox rotation

Rob Bradford
August 15, 2018 - 5:49 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- When Eduardo Rodriguez first hurt his right ankle on July 14 the consensus was that it would be an injury that might linger well into September.

But all of a sudden, just more than a month after the injury, Rodriguez seems on the cusp of making a push to return to the Red Sox' starting rotation.

After throwing a 47-pitch simulated game at Citizens Bank Park, Rodriguez is now slated to make a rehab outing with Double-A Portland Monday. It is a significant step for the lefty, who had been pitching lights-out before his 10-day disabled list stint. In his last three starts, Rodriguez hadn't given up a run over 17 innings.

"I saw that ankle on Sunday and you guys saw my reaction on the stage. It looked that awful," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "For him to be running, fielding his position, repeating his delivery, there’s no complaints. It’s great."

"I threw four (innings) today," Rodriguez said. "The next one can be 80 pitches, 75 pitches so I think I’ve got a chance to build my innings and get back as a starter but we’ll see."