Both Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright are advancing closer to returns from the disabled list, though in different fashions.
Rodriguez (11-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 19 starts) is slated to throw four innings in a rehab start with Double A Portland on Monday. While the lefthander isn’t sure whether he’ll require a second minor league outing prior to a return to the big league rotation, he feels confident that his absence from the big league roster due to a severe ankle sprain suffered on July 14 is near an end.
“I’ve been out for almost like a month, a month and a couple days. Getting ready to go back there is a really good feeling,” Rodriguez said of his anticipation for Monday’s start. “I’ve been working so hard this past month, this past week, just to try to get back. I finally get my chance. . . . I’ve just got to go tomorrow, do my job, and see what they want to do after that.”
Righthander Wright is likewise nearing a minor league assignment. Manager Alex Cora said that the knuckleballer came out of two simulated innings in a bullpen session on Saturday in impressive fashion.
“Everybody was very excited to see him doing that and to see him throwing the ball the way he did,” said Cora.
The manager said that Wright will have a live batting practice session against teammates prior to a game during the forthcoming series against Cleveland with the potential for action in a minor league game shortly thereafter.
Though Wright (2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances) had been working out of the rotation prior to landing on the DL due to left knee inflammation in late June, Cora said that he’ll be prepared for work out of the bullpen in his return. Wright had a 1-0 record and 2.25 ERA in 16 innings as a reliever this year, and a 1-1 record with a 4.13 ERA in four starts (24 innings).