Eduardo Rodriguez recorded a win for the Boston Red Sox in his return from heart inflammation on Thursday.

"It was a special day," Rodriguez said. "I went out there in the first inning and it was like my first time in the big leagues. I was almost too excited in the first inning. But I settled down. These guys made plays to win the game and that's what we're here for."

Rodriguez started last season on the injured list, and the Red Sox announced Aug. 1 that Rodriguez was going to miss the entire pandemic-shortened season because of myocarditis related to COVID-19.

"When they told me that I had myocarditis, my first question was how long is this going to take and if I was going to be able to go back and be normal," Rodríguez said. "They told me it was going to be fine. After that, I was able to take care of it and get back here today."