The Boston Red Sox have placed Eduardo Rodríguez in the paternity leave list this early in the week, meaning he won’t start this Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Boston team took the decision as Rodriguez wife gave birth to a baby boy, according to ESPN.com’s Scott Lauber.
ESPN’s coverage suggests that Ben Taylor will take the Venezuelan’s place in the Red Sox’ Roster as they prepare to face the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, with Patriot’s day just around the corner. The righty was sent to the minor leagues last Thursday, even though he had only allowed a single run to go up on the rival’s score sheet in 5 and 1/3 innings at the mound, distributed between three different games, in which he conceded three walks and gave seven strikeouts as a reliever.
But he won’t be the one chosen to replace Rodríguez in the rotation throughout his absence.
Lauber pointed out that Brian Johnson is most likely to receive said call up on Tuesday, marking his first Major League appearance since 2015. The left-handed pitcher has had an astounding start in the Triple-A this year, having only allowed two runs, nine hits, four walks, but managing 15 strikeouts in 10 and 2/3 innings after two starts.
His first show in the MLB didn’t go as the lefty would’ve expected it to, as he erratically allowed four runs in 4 and 1/3 innings, along with four walks and 3 strikeouts, back in 2015. He spent last year as a whole in the Triple-A, where he blasted from the mound on 95 innings, including 19 starts, and managing a 3.60 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 40 walks.
The only things left to know is which movement will finally allow Johnson to get into the Red Sox’ roster. The Red Sox received some good news, at last, as Hanley Ramírez’ back and hamstring injuries were confirmed to be less harmful than it looked at first glance.
The designated hitter had to be taken off in the seventh inning this Sunday as he suffered a cramp, but he was still included in John Farrell’s lineup for this Monday’s fixture. Pablo Sandoval, on the other hand, wasn’t as lucky as Ramírez. He was left on the bench yesterday and replaced by Marco Hernandez after having a very sloppy start to the season, even though the Venezuelan has managed to blast three home runs so far.