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NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19.

He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.

“In the course of monitoring Eduardo after his return, we discovered that he was showing evidence of myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart, and fortunately, the severity of that complication looked mild,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said before Saturday night’s game against the Yankees.

“We were optimistic that it would resolve in short order and that we would be progressing back to pitching. As we’ve continued to monitor it, it has not resolved. It is still there,” he said.

Rodríguez was a career-best 19-6 last year with a 3.81. The Red Sox said July 7 the the 27-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19. He returned July 18, but the team said five says later that an MRI revealed an issue that turned out to be the heart condition.

“We are confident that he is going to make a full recovery and that his long-term prognosis is excellent,” Bloom said. “But the fact of the matter is that there just isn’t enough time left this season to safely ramp him back up to pitching.”

Bloom five times described the condition was “mild.” Boston received the medical update Friday night and Rodríguez told his teammates during a Zoom call on Saturday.

“Here’s one of the best pitchers in the game last year and he’s not able to perform on the field,” Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said. “You’re more at risk when you’re older, but it hits the young pretty hard, too, at times. And Eddie just, unfortunately, is one of those guys that it hit hard, and to get to lose an entire season, it’s pretty rough on anybody.”

Rather than travel with the team, Rodríguez will return to his home in Florida.

“While the heart is is affected like this, we just can’t responsibly put any this kind of cardiovascular load on him,” Bloom said. “So once it once it resolves, we’ll be able to progress him back.”

Boston already is without left-hander Chris Sale after the staff ace had Tommy John surgery on March 30. The Red Sox rotation includes Nathan Eovaldi, left-hander Martín Pérez and Ryan Weber.

“When you look out over the course of the season, it certainly makes the mountain a little higher,” Bloom said. “We will continue to obviously monitor the market and make sure we’re not walking by any opportunity to upgrade our group.”

He expects Rodríguez will make a full recovery.

“This case, while it’s something that is persistent, is not something that has that has impacted or damaged the functioning of his heart,” Bloom said. “Now myocarditis following COVID, it is obviously not something that the medical community has a lot of data on because the virus itself is new, much less in an athlete.”

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Amy Grant recalls life-changing heart surgery, how she felt ‘like I’m suffocating’ before diagnosis

Amy Grant is opening up about her major health scare two months after undergoing heart surgery.

On Thursday, the singer recalled to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” about how a trip to the doctor’s office with her husband, country music star Vince Gill, led her to identify a genetic heart condition that she has dealt with for a decade.

“I had an irregular heartbeat for the last 10 years, and it exhibited every day,” the 59-year-old explained. “It bothered me a little bit and then I’ve had a harder time singing in the last five years … everything kind of tightening up as I was trying to sing.”

But she didn't make the connection.

“I remember a couple of times telling Vince, ‘I feel like I’m suffocating,’” she continued. “It’s the weirdest thing, I’m breathing as deep as I can, but in my mind, none of that had to do with my heart.”

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According to the outlet, when Gill had a routine visit to the doctor for his own preventative tests in late 2019, Gill’s cardiologist, Dr. John Bright Cage, asked Grant how she was doing. While the star insisted she was “fine,” she was encouraged to undergo tests. Those revealed a birth defect called partial anomalous pulmonary venous return, or a PAPVR, which improperly circulates blood through the chambers of the heart.

The artist was told she needed surgery before turning 60.

“They were doing an ultrasound of my heart and the doctor came in,” Grant said. “He said, ‘Vince, this is the kind of situation where Amy would be fine, fine, fine and then one day it would be catastrophic.’ And we don’t know when that would be, but it would have to be sooner rather than later.”

Grant admitted she was shocked by the revelation. However, she was also grateful Cage was able to detect it before it really was too late.

“I just think sometimes in all of our jobs, we have what we’re trained for, and then beyond that, there’s an intuition and inspiration,” she said. “And I think Dr. Cage did everything that was required for testing for what he thought might be an issue for me because my father had [heart bypass] surgery, but beyond that, I don’t [know].”

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“I am so grateful,” said Grant.

Grant underwent open-heart surgery in June. She has since been recovering and described healing as a “miraculous” process. Today, she is “more energized than ever” and thankful to be given the gift of another day.

Now, Grant hopes her story will encourage fans not to ignore any warning signs they might be feeling.

“If I have got something wrong, anybody could have something wrong,” she said. “My message would be, take a minute and take care of yourself. You don’t know that something is wrong unless you make sure it’s right.”

Grant is also grateful she has received love and support from those all over the world, especially on social media.

“We are a community,” she said. “Even in times of isolate, we still have an impact on each other and we can have an incredible impact for good.”

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Grant said she hopes the surgery will help resolve the previous struggles she endured while singing and is eager to perform again when the time is right.

“I’ll sing to the day I die,” she said. “Music … that changes everything. Music takes any manual task and suddenly you’ve got a soundtrack and you’re in the movie of your own life and the sun is shining and music changes everything.”

Grant, who has been married to Gill, 63, for 20 years, is a six-time Grammy winner with well-known crossover pop hits like “Baby, Baby,” “Every Heartbeat” and “That’s What Love is For.” She’s sold more than 30 million albums, including her five-time platinum 1991 record “Heart in Motion,” that introduced her to a larger pop audience.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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