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Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez exits in second inning with migraine symptoms

The Red Sox check on Eduardo Rodriguez (57), who left the game in the second inning.
The Red Sox check on Eduardo Rodriguez (57), who left the game in the second inning.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Eduardo Rodriguez exited Friday night’s game against the Yankees in the top of the second inning with what the Red Sox called migraine symptoms.

Rodriguez had just surrendered an RBI double to Brett Gardner, the third straight batter to reach to begin the inning, when he called on the Red Sox trainers. He hunched over as he waited, and manager Alex Cora and his teammates surrounded him.

He was replaced by Phillips Valdez, who fanned seven of the 11 hitters he faced in pitching three scoreless innings. Valdez was recalled before the game when Hirokazu Sawamura went on the disabled list with a triceps injury.


Cora said after the Sox’ 6-2 victory that he noticed a difference in Rodriguez while Rodriguez was in the dugout following his first inning of work.

“He’s usually very talkative, walking around the dugout,” Cora said. “But he was in the corner not talking to people. And then that happened.”

Cora doesn’t think it’s too serious, but said that the team will monitor the starter, especially considering Rodriguez’s medical history. The lefthander missed all of last season with myocarditis as a result of his bout with COVID-19.

“You have to take care of players,” Cora said. “Now we just have to see how he reacts tonight, how he feels tomorrow, and we go from there. If he has to miss a start [then] he misses it. He didn’t pitch last year [because of a] heart problem. So, we have to be very careful.”

Julian McWilliams can be reached at julian.mcwilliams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @byJulianMack.