It’s unclear when the Red Sox are going to get one of their key off-season additions back in the bullpen, but the latest news is a little promising.
Reliever Joely Rodriguez, who has the distinction of being the first free agent to sign with the Red Sox as a free agent in the off-season, is dealing with a Grade 2 oblique strain. Oblique injuries are notoriously tough to come back from for baseball players, since they occur along the hips and pelvis. You can imagine how hard it would be to pitch or swing a bat with a strained oblique.
Fortunately, Rodriguez seems to be on the positive side of things when it comes to his oblique strain.