Red Sox: Who will be the starting pitcher on Opening Day?
Red Sox SP Eduardo Rodriguez:
Back during Spring Training 1.0, it would be considered a no-brainer that Eduardo Rodriguez would start on Opening Day. Even with Chris Sale struggling with pneumonia, it was clear that Rodriguez would probably get the nod after a strong 2019 season.
Now it isn’t so clear what to expect with him. He tested positive for the virus even before he could travel to Boston for Summer Camp. It appears that he is feeling better, which means it is unclear what stage of the virus he is at. Either way, he cannot come to Boston until he is deemed COVID-free.
Rodriguez will have to wait up to two weeks before he can join the team. That means that Rodriguez would not be able to start his pitching routine until one week before Opening Day is supposed to happen. With Opening Day just over two weeks away, that would be cutting it extremely close.
The goal is for him to be ready for the first game of the season, but it is becoming more unlikely by the day that he will be ready to make the start. Hopefully he can travel to Boston as soon as possibly, but right now, no one knows.
Percent chance: 20%