Despite the fact that they enter the All-Star break 4.5 games up over the New York Yankees in the AL East and with the best record in baseball, the Boston Red Sox suffered a bit of a bad break Saturday

Playing at Fenway Park, against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was removed from his start in the sixth inning, after getting his ankle caught under a diving base runner on a play at first base.

Rodriguez immediately went down in pain and was quickly taken out of the game.

On Sunday, the team disclosed some news, regarding the pitcher's injury, including that he has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.

Boston manager Alex Cora informed the media that Rodriguez will be able to avoid surgery on the ankle, despite finding "serious" ligament damage during tests run Saturday.

For now, Rodriguez will be stuck in a walking boot. While the injury will force the pitcher to miss at least a couple of turns in the rotation, the All-Star break will likely allow him to get back on the mound with less game action missed.

Rodriguez has been a key cog in the Boston rotation this season, posting an 11-3 record and a 3.44 ERA over 19 starts and 104.2 innings in the first half of the season.



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