The Boston Red Sox are flying high into the league's All-Star break.
With an MLB-best 68-30 record, and with the team rolling to what could very well be the best single-season record in franchise history, there's not too much that seems to bothering first-year manager Alex Cora.
That was until he received an update on lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday's win and was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Sunday's pre-break finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.
"There’s some serious damage in the ankle,” Cora said after Sunday's win over the Blue Jays, his team's 12th in their last 13 games. “No surgery required; He’s gonna have a boot for two weeks and then we’ll re-evaluate to see where he’s at.”
The news is an obvious bummer for Cora and the Sox, as the 25-year-old Rodriguez has posted an 11-3 record on the year, while the Red Sox as a whole have posted an impressive 16-3 record in his starts this season.
But Cora remains hopeful that it won't be something that ends what has to be the best season of E-Rod's young career.
“We’re optimistic,” Cora said when asked if he believed that Rodriguez could return to the hill this season. “Obviously we gotta take it step-by-step, and that’s the first step, see where he’s at in two weeks.”
Rodriguez suffered the injury when he attempted to jump over Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in a race to first base.