Nathan Eovaldi Undergoes Elbow Surgery: Will He Miss Six Weeks?
Boston, MA– No team in Major League Baseball is more injured than the New York Yankees, as seven of their nine starters have found their way to the injured list at some point so far. But the Boston Red Sox are definitely giving the Yankees a run for their money for the title of "most injured," as their own injured list has grown, recently adding one of the team's top starters.
Nathan Eovaldi was a big deal in the off-season and, after his heroics in the World Series, became a must-have free agent for the Red Sox to retain. Fortunately, they were able to do so, but he has always been injury prone and now he finds his way to the injured list once again.
It was recently confirmed that Eovaldi needed surgery to repair his injury. He underwent a procedure to remove a "loose body" in his right elbow yesterday. Currently, Eovaldi's timetable is to return six weeks from now, but it could always develop into more. Boston definitely won't want to rush Eovaldi back earlier than he is able to, though. Interestingly, Doctor Christopher Ahmad was the one who operated on Eovaldi, and Ahmad is known for being the head of the physicians for the New York Yankees organization. Hopefully, he is not trying to sabotage the Red Sox!
All joking aside, the Sox are definitely going to miss Eovaldi because they were just starting to get into a groove with him and the rest of the rotation. Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez remain as the headliners of the team's rotation, but Eovaldi's spot will continue to be filled by Hector Velazquez. Manager Alex Cora said that Velazquez can be expected to routinely throw five innings for the team during his starts.
So far on the season, Eovaldi had gotten off to a bit of a slow start. His record in four starts is 0-0 with a 6.00 earned run average and a 1.52 WHIP. He's allowed six home runs and recorded 16 strikeouts while opponents are batting .266 against him.
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