Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez left his start for the Navegantes del Magallanes in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday due to right knee discomfort, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes.
It's unclear if Rodriguez will leave winter ball in light of the injury, but in an e-mail to Cafardo, Red Sox president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, addressed Rodriguez's injury.
“He tweaked his knee last night pitching," Dombrowski wrote. "It doesn’t appear to be anything serious.”
Rodriguez, 23, is currently on the preliminary roster for Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic in March. Should the injury prove to be serious, it could impact his availability.
Injuries were an issue for the lefty last season as he suffered a subluxation of the patellar tendon in his right knee during spring training in February. Trying to catch a flyball, he caught his spikes in the turf, resulting in the injury.
A setback in mid-May further delayed his return. When he did return, Rodriguez went 3-7 with a 4.71 ERA in 107 innings.
With the team trading Clay Bucholz to the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month, losing Rodriguez for any stretch would hurt since the pitching depth has taken a hit.