Just when it looked like Eduardo Rodriguez had turned a corner this season, he ran into a tough setback Friday night.
Rodriguez was forced to leave his start against the Yankees in the second inning after appearing to suffer some sort of injury.
It was difficult to tell exactly what happened or what the injury may have been. Rodriguez moved slowly towards home plate after giving up an RBI double to Brett Gardner. He then appeared to wince a little before starting to walk back towards the mound.
It was on that walk back that he looked over at the Red Sox dugout and called for a trainer. Rodriguez dropped to the ground before ultimately walking off the field and out of the game.
After a rough stretch for much of May and June, Rodriguez had been pitching better recently, with a 2.83 ERA over his last five starts. The optimism that a strong second half was on the way now turns to concern if Rodriguez has to miss any time.
UPDATE: The Red Sox have announced that Rodriguez left the game with "migraine symptoms."