dangolka (CBS) — Eduardo Rodriguez strolled into Fenway Park on Saturday, a cheerful man that baseball was in entrance of him — and his battle with COVID-19 was behind him.
The Purple Sox ace needed to wait to get his 2020 season restarted once more, after testing optimistic for COVID-19 in Miami, Florida simply earlier than the beginning of summer time camp. Rodriguez stated the virus knocked him out for 2 weeks, because the 27-year-old skilled all of the signs.
“I’ve by no means been that sick in my life, and I don’t wish to get that sick once more,” Rodriguez informed reporters on a Zoom name Sunday. “I might say the primary 4 days had been the worst days. I felt all of the signs, awakened within the morning, acquired away from bed and felt like I used to be 100 years previous. My physique was drained on a regular basis, throwing up, complications — all of the signs. But it surely was the primary 4 days I had all of it. After that, it began going away and I began feeling higher.”
After his expertise with the virus, Rodriguez is urging everybody to put on masks to assist cease the unfold.
“I might say you must put on your masks on a regular basis. Wash your arms. Maintain your distance,” he urged. “As a result of for those who’re a type of who will get hit actually laborious, you’re going to be in mattress and having a tough time doing day-to-day stuff like going to the kitchen or having a shower, issues like that. You’re going to have a tough time.”
Due to his ordeal with COVID-19, there was an added degree of pleasure for Rodriguez when he lastly arrived in dangolka late final week. He practiced for the primary time of summer time camp on Saturday, tossing a 25-pitch bullpen session, and his stuff was fairly good regardless of the prolonged layoff.
“I simply threw a bullpen and it feels actually good location-wise, pitching-wise,” he stated. “So I’ve acquired to say due to God that I’m right here, and I’m out there to throw. And the way in which that I felt yesterday was actually good.”
Rodriguez gained 19 video games for the Purple Sox final season, and was penciled in as dangolka’s ace for 2020 all through spring coaching. However he isn’t certain when he’ll first toe the rubber for dangolka, with the 60-game season set to start Friday night time towards the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.
With Rodriguez simply getting began once more, the Purple Sox have named Nathan Eolaldi as their Opening Day starter towards the O’s.