El grandeliga Eduardo Rodríguez no volverá a lanzar esta temporada por problema cardíaco

El pelotero valenciano dio positivo en un control de covid-19 a principios de julio y cuando se reincorporó a su equipo, los Medias Rojas de Boston, le diagnosticaron una miocarditis que puede ser consecuencia del virus

El lanzador venezolano Eduardo Rodríguez, de los Medias Roja de Boston, será baja en lo que resta de temporada de Grandes Ligas por un problema cardíaco que podría estar vinculado con el coronavirus, informó este sábado la franquicia.

Rodríguez, de 27 años de edad, “no volverá a la acción esta temporada luego de su diagnóstico de una condición cardíaca llamada miocarditis, que puede haber resultado de su combate con el covid-19 el mes pasado”, dijeron los Medias Rojas en un comunicado.

La miocarditis, una inflamación de corazón típicamente causada por una infección viral, “no se ha resuelto, sigue ahí”, dijo el director de la franquicia, Chaim Bloom.

“Somos muy optimistas y confiamos en que se recuperará completamente“, recalcó el ejecutivo. “Pero debido a que el problema persiste y al cuidado que debemos tener con esto, Rodríguez no podrá volver a lanzar este año”.

A principios de julio, antes de que iniciaran los campos de entrenamiento, los Medias Rojas reportaron que su lanzador zurdo dio positivo en un control de coronavirus y presentaba algunos síntomas de la enfermedad pero estaba mejorando.

El pelotero de Valencia fue dado de alta y regresó a los entrenamientos a mediados de julio, pero se retiró una semana más tarde después de que se le detectara la dolencia cardíaca.

La temporada de Grandes Ligas, que comenzó el 23 de julio con un retraso de cuatro meses por la pandemia, está siendo gravemente impactada por el coronavirus.

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MLB’s Eduardo Rodriguez out for 2020 season due to coronavirus-related heart condition

Eduardo Rodriguez, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, will sit out the 2020 baseball season due to coronavirus-related concerns.

The 27-year-old received a positive COVID-19 test on July 7 before the Sox’s summer camp but was later cleared to play, WFXT-TV reported. Despite the July 18 clearance, Rodriguez hasn’t appeared in a regular season game.

The left-hander will not return for the league’s season due to a heart condition he developed after he recovered from the virus called myocarditis. Doctors advised him to rest and to not engage in activities that would cause an elevated heart rate for at least a week after his diagnosis.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle that is usually due to a viral infection. The inflammation can lead to arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy or heart failure.

Rodriguez’s doctors told him that 10-20% of people who have had COVID-19 also have been diagnosed with myocarditis, the Associated Press reported.

“That’s the most important part of your body, so when you hear that, the first time I heard it, [I] was kind of scared a little,” Rodriguez said. “Now that I know what it is, it’s still scary, but I know exactly what it is … Now we just gotta take the rest. That’s hard, but you gotta take a rest.”

Rodriguez previously said COVID-19 made him feel like he was 100 years old.

“I’ve never been that sick in my life, and I don’t want to get that sick again,” he said.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said Rodriguez’s “long-term prognosis is excellent.”

“We are confident that he’s going to make a full recovery” Bloom said Saturday. He noted that Rodriguez’s heart is now functioning normally, but he wasn’t able to get in proper shape before the official start of the season.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke told reporters on July 23 that Rodriguez, who was projected to be the Red Sox’s No. 1 starter this season, was tired after throwing around 20 pitches in one workout session.

“We’re taking everything very seriously in this matter,” Roenicke said at the time. “We want to win as many ballgames as we can, but the health of our players comes first.‘’

The Associated Press contributed to this report.