Rodriguez got a second opinion on his injured right knee from Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola, Florida, as expected.
"I saw that report, but we are not sure where it came from", president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wrote in an email yesterday. He suffered this latest injury on Thursday, falling over in the bullpen while warming up, according to Drellich. He said the injury, diagnosed as a subluxation of his knee, didn't bother him during a 94-pitch outing but flared up the following day.
The goal for right now is to have Johnson go against the Tigers this weekend, then hope that Rodriguez is ready to go the next time through the rotation. Red Sox manager John Farrell described it as an "anatomical" condition that leaves Rodriguez prone to such injuries, a problem that dates to his years in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system.
The Red Sox have been encouraged by Rodriguez's progress this season.
Rodriguez has posted a 3.54 ERA, 3.81 SIERA, 26.3 percent strikeout rate, 8.5 percent walk rate and 1.15 WHIP through 11 games (61 innings pitched) in 2017.