Red Sox Notebook: Eduardo Rodriguez discusses COVID-related setback

Red Sox lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez confirmed on Sunday that he is dealing with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle related to the coronavirus.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke ordered Rodriguez to be shut down as the team awaits further test results. Myocarditis is considered a minor complication and Rodriguez said he never felt any chest pains.

“Health-wise I feel normal, but they tell me to take some rest for a week and wait to get a test and see what it is,” said Rodriguez during a Zoom call.

“Emotional-wise it feels really hard because when I got here it was to start getting ready. With all that’s going on I’m getting ready to get back.”

Rodriguez tested positive for COVID-19 and went into quarantine on July 15. Rodriguez was hoping the virus would have run its course before opening day. Rodriguez said he never considered shutting down for the season.

“I wanted to be pitching yesterday and the day before and today,” said Rodriguez. “I want to be out there every time I can and I never think to get out of the season.

“I feel bad every time I see a game happening and I can’t be in the dugout.”

Starts and stops

Roenicke was configuring the bottom of his starting rotation prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox begin a split four-game home-and-home series with the New York Mets on Monday night at Fenway Park. Roenicke said following the 7-4 loss that he will be starting lefty Josh Osich in the opener against the Mets. Osich made his Red Sox debut in the ninth inning on Saturday.

“We are going to start Osich,” said Roenicke. “It’s the left-handed pitcher against all their left-handed lineup and see if he can get through an inning or two and that’s the plan right now and we’ll see how it goes.”

The Red Sox added right hander Zack Godley to the roster on Saturday night and optioned righty Dylan Covey to the alternate training site in Pawtucket. Roenicke said Godley would take the mound against the Mets as a reliever.

Godley, 30, is 37-30 with a 4.68 ERA with 279 earned runs over 536.2 innings in 128 major league appearances. He’s made 81 starts in stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-2019) and the Toronto Blue Jays (2019).

“I’m just kind of prepared to pitch when I am called upon to do so,” Godley said in a Zoom meeting. “My goal here is to come in and pitch and help this team win ball games in whatever role that is.

“I’m looking forward to any opportunity to pitch whether starting or out of the bullpen and I’m excited to try and help this team.

“I’m just trying to throw strikes and let my ball work and that’s what I did against the Blue Jays, force guys to swing the bat and get ground balls and get outs quickly and get out of the inning.

“I think when I do that good things happen and you go inning to inning and go deep into the ball game.”

Lefty ready

Roenicke said that lefty Matt Hall is the tentative starter for Tuesday night’s match against the Mets. Hall made 16 appearances for the Detroit Tigers in 2019 and was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA.

“Tuesday probably it’s going to be Hall depending how today and tomorrow goes and that could change,” said Roenicke. “But right now, that is what we are thinking.

“It’s probably more of a piggyback kind of situation and I’m thinking one inning with him. He’s stretched out and he could go four or five. If he’s pitching well, he’ll be in there for a few innings and then we’ll piece together the rest.”

Around the horn

Left-handed reliever Josh Taylor worked out in Pawtucket over the weekend. Roenicke said Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez are “a long way away” from joining the club. Both hurlers were placed on the injured list for the coronavirus.

Roenicke said he will always use Kevin Pillar in the outfield whenever the opposing team has a lefty on the mound. Roenicke sat left fielder Andrew Benintendi and used Alex Verdugo in left Sunday. Roenicke said that he will continue to use Benintendi in the lead-off spot.

The Red Sox announced during the game that they had claimed right-handed pitcher Robert Stock off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies and was optioned to the alternate training site in Pawtucket. He made 42 relief appearances with the San Diego Padres in the previous two seasons and had a 2-1 record with a 4.11 ERA.

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