Well, the Red Sox gave a little bit of distressing news to start us off here on this final Friday of spring training. After announcing earlier in camp that Eduardo Rodriguez would indeed be the team’s Opening Day starter, Alex Cora announced this will no longer be the case. Due to what he called some “dead arm,” Rodriguez has been scratched from Thursday’s game at Fenway against the Orioles.
In his stead, Nathan Eovaldi will make his second consecutive Opening Day start for the Red Sox. The good news here for Rodriguez, at least for now, is that they are hoping to avoid a stint on the injured list, though that is still up in the air. The plan is for him to throw a bullpen in the next few days and they will determine the plan moving forward from there.