Red Sox place left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez on paternity leave list
Prior to today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox placed left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez on the paternity leave list. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, the club recalled right-handed pitcher Ben Taylor from Triple-A Pawtucket.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.
Rodriguez, 24, has made two starts for the Red Sox this season, his third full campaign in the organization, going 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA (6 ER/10.1 IP) and 13 strikeouts. Acquired via trade from the Baltimore Orioles on July 31, 2014, the Venezuelan left-hander has made 43 starts over three major league seasons, posting a 13-14 record with a 4.29 ERA (114 ER/239.0 IP) and 211 strikeouts against 84 walks. In 108 minor league games (107 starts) since signing with Baltimore in 2010, Rodriguez has recorded a 3.22 ERA (205 ER/572.2 IP) with 486 strikeouts. He was honored as the 2015 Red Sox Pitcher of the Year and Red Sox Rookie of the Year by the Boston chapter of the BBWAA.
Taylor, 24, made his first career Opening Day roster in 2017 despite having never pitched above the Double-A level prior to the season. Selected by the Red Sox in the seventh round of the 2015 June Draft, he allowed only one run in 5.1 innings (1.69 ERA) over three relief appearances with Boston, striking out seven batters and allowing only three hits. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Taylor is the only Red Sox pitcher in the expansion era to strike out each of his first three batters faced in the major leagues. Ranked by Baseball America as Boston's No. 21 prospect entering the 2017 season, Taylor has posted a 2.49 ERA (21 ER/76.0 IP), a .198 opponent batting average, and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in 37 career relief appearances in the minor leagues.