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Eduardo Rodriguez confirms heart inflammation as a result of COVID-19 case

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Speaking to reporters for the first time since he was shut down earlier this week, Eduardo Rodriguez confirmed multiple reports he's been diagnosed with myocarditis, a side effect of testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

In a Zoom call with reporters, Rodriguez said, on doctor's orders, he's done little but sit around and do some walking.

"I feel normal,'' said Rodriguez. "They just told me to take some rest for a week and wait to get the next test and see what it is. Emotionally, it feels really hard because when I got here, I was supposed to start getting ready (for the season). Then we did the MRI and I got the news that I had to rest for a week. It was kind of hard for me, but at least we know what's going on and everything. Now, I'm just waiting to get back.

"What I have is called myocarditis, that's what they call it. That what came up in the MRI. That's why the doctor told me to take a week, just rest, don't get (my heart rate up) and we'll wait to see what the next MRI says. If it goes away, just go back to work.''

According to the Mayo Clinic: "Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. It can affect your heart muscle and your heart's electrical system, including your heart's ability to pump and causing rapid or abnormal heart rhythms. A viral infection usually causes myocarditis.''

Doctors told Rodriguez