The hits just keep coming for the Red Sox. Just a day after they placed Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Núñez on the injured list, now one of their top pitchers will join them. In what could prove to be a big blow to their rotation, the team announced prior to Saturday’s game in Tampa Bay that starter Nathan Eovaldi has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a lose body in his elbow. Lefty Bobby Poyner will come up to join the bullpen to take Eovaldi’s roster spot.
The #RedSox today placed RHP Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list with a loose body in the right elbow, retroactive to April 18.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 20, 2019
To fill Eovaldi’s spot on the active 25-man roster, the club recalled LHP Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket.
This one came out of nowhere as Eovaldi looked stellar in his last outing in New York. Obviously injuries can always come out of nowhere and we never really know what’s going on with any pitcher, but there were certainly no signs of injury earlier in the week. This is not the first time Eovaldi has dealt with this kind of ailment, either, as he had to overcome this last season with the Rays. The injury delayed the start of his 2018, though he was healthy the rest of the year.
As of this writing, there is no timetable for this injury. Having just signed him to a four-year deal it seems logical that the Red Sox won’t pus him to return too soon, though. That’s the right play long-term, but it could be painful in the short-term. For now, it seems all but certain Hector Velázquez will join the rotation. That role will suit him fine if this is just a few turns through the rotation at most, but anything more than that could leave him exposed. I would seriously consider giving Mike Shawaryn a call from Pawtucket if this is going to be a longer-term injury. If it’s a very long-term, as in most of the rest of the year, it’s worth remembering Dallas Keuchel is still a free agent. For now, though, it’s all speculation until we learn more, as timetables can vary for this kind of injury.