LOS ANGELES — The choice is . . . Eduardo Rodriguez.
The lefthander will start for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
After an 18-inning game Game 3 that lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes and culminated with the Dodgers winning, 3-2, Rodriguez was the choice for manager Alex Cora. He faced one batter on Friday and threw six pitches.
“We’re fine,” Cora said. “It’s a full-go with [Rodriguez] and we’ll see where he takes us.”
Rodriguez has not started a game since Sept. 24. Cora said he told the lefthander not to hold anything back, go as long as he could and the bullpen would follow.
“He’s rested; he’s strong. He’s been staying in his routine,” Cora said. “As long as the stuff is there, we’ll go with him. As hard as he can for as long as he can.”
The only pitcher not available for the Sox is Nathan Eovaldi, who threw 97 pitches in relief over six innings in Game 3, taking a hard-luck loss when Max Muncy homered leading off the bottom of the 18th.
Eovaldi pitched in the first three games of the Series, allowing one earned run over eight innings.
Cora said Chris Sale and David Price volunteered to pitch. But he plans to save Sale for Game 5 and Price for Game 6.
“We still have a game [Sunday]. We still have Game 6,” Cora said. “If we have a chance to win we’ll see how we manage it.”
The Dodgers announced on Twitter that lefthander Rich Hill would be their starter. Hill had been projected as the Game 4 starter, but after Game 3 the Dodgers switched their starting pitcher designation to TBA.