When Detroit Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020 while playing for the Boston Red Sox, no one thought the otherwise healthy 27-year-old would be out for long. After experiencing nausea, headaches and fatigue for a week, he began feeling better. But an MRI scan taken just two weeks later showed heart damage. Rodriguez’s season had ended before it even started.
For Rodriguez, the complications meant he couldn’t pitch in 2020. For others, COVID’s aftereffects meant that a single flight of stairs became daunting.