Eduardo Rodriguez takes a big step forward

Posted on May 26 2016 - 12:19pm by Zach Coonick

Jul 20, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (52) reacts after allowing a home run to Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (not pictured) as second baseman Johnny Giavotella (back) scores a run during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Red sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez took a huge step to his return earlier this week in making a pretty good rehab assignment.

He went seven innings, with seven Ks in a game vs. Lehigh Valley. That is a huge improvement from what his earlier rehab starts were as he showed a lack of velocity brought on by a hesitation to really let it fly.

It’s been an up and down season for Rodriguez, who suffered a knee injury in Spring Training, then rehabbed but took a step back after feeling some pain in it again earlier this month. Armed with a knee brace though Rodriguez was able to pitch to his full capability given the extra support and lack of fear for re-injury.

This is a big step in getting E-Rod back into the rotation that will really help the Sox, who’s pitching hasn’t been great but not awful this season. Given the loss of right handed reliever Carson Smith it’s nice to finally get some good news on the injury front as the Sox are in need of some stability from the mound.

Even better though, the return of Eddie could make Clay Buchholz expendable, which will undoubtedly make many Sox fans happy. If we want this season to keep going the way it is, a healthy Eduardo is key to the success of the Sox.