Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez was thrilled to make his return to the mound Friday after missing the 2020 season.

"When I went out there with (catcher Christian Vazquez), we were by the bullpen warming up, and I told him, 'Bro, I feel chills. I feel all that right now. Like I'm making my MLB debut right now,'" Rodriguez said, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. "And he told me, 'No, don’t worry. That’s part of it.' I feel that every start, but today was a little bit more exciting."

Rodriguez, 27, was poised to anchor Boston's rotation last season with ace Chris Sale on the shelf but was sidelined by a heart condition called myocarditis after recovering from COVID-19.

In his first start this spring, he allowed one run on two hits while striking out a pair over 2 2/3 innings of work.