Report: Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez progressing with knee injury

Report: Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez progressing with knee injury

Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who injured his right knee pitching in the Venezuelan winter league on Dec. 27, is walking without pain and is expected to be ready for spring training, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported.

Rodriguez, 23, expected to be in the starting rotation, went 3-7 with a 4.71 ERA in 20 starts last season. The start of his season was delayed by an injury to the same knee, sustained in fielding drills on Feb. 29 at spring training. The Red Sox originally dismissed that as a minor tweak, but he didn't make his first major league start until May 31. 

“He is feeling fine at this point and is walking without pain. So we feel no sense of urgency,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told Abraham. Dombrowski also said no decision has been made on Rodriguez's participating in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela. 
 

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.