04/22 19:11 CDT Eovaldi to have elbow surgery, expected out 4-6 weeks
Eovaldi to have elbow surgery, expected out 4-6 weeks
By KEN POWTAK
BOSTON (AP) --- Boston right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to have surgery
to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow, an operation expected to
sideline the pitcher for four-to-six weeks.
The Red Sox said Eovaldi will have surgery on Tuesday, when the team plays a
day-night doubleheader against Detroit following the rainout of the opener of
the four-game series.
Eovaldi had similar surgery on March 30 last year while with Tampa Bay and made
his season debut May 30.
Acquired by the Red Sox on July 25, Eovaldi went 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12
games. He became a postseason star when he pitched six-plus innings of relief
and threw 97 pitches in Game 3 of the World Series, an 18-inning loss to the
Los Angeles Dodgers. That preserved the rest of the bullpen for the Red Sox,
won beat the Dodgers in five games.
The 29-year-old agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract and was 0-0 with a
6.00 ERA in four starts this season.
Chris Sale's wait for his first win of a frustrating season extended another
day with the rainout. Sale is 0-4 with an 8.50 ERA in four starts since signing
a $160 million, six-year contract.
"This is flat-out embarrassing," he said after an 8-0 loss to the New York
Yankees last week. "For my family, for our team, for our fans. This is about as
bad as it gets."
Sale had a season-high six strikeouts in New York and his fastball averaged 96
mph, up from 90-93 mph earlier this season.
"We have two different opinions of his outing," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
"He felt like he disappointed his family. He's close. Stuff-wise he was great.
I think he just misfired a few pitches, and they took advantage of it. But I
think he's very close to taking off. The velocity is there, slider's there. The
delivery is was more consistent. I know he wants to get on the mound."
Boyd is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts, striking out 10 at Toronto in his
season debut and 13 at the New York Yankees five days later. He became the
first Tigers' pitcher since at least 1908 to reach double digits in strikeouts
in his first two starts of the season.
Hector Velzquez (0-1, 2.84) and Detroit's Spencer Turnbull (0-2, 3.43) are to
start the night game in a matchup of righties.
Boston is coming off a three-game sweep at the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays,
the first series win this season for the Red Sox. The Tigers won two of three
in a rain-shortened series at home against the Chicago White Sox.
Cora said 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee irritation) worked in the weight room.
Utility player Brock Holt (scratched right cornea) was likely to hit on the
field Tuesday, probably between games. INF Eduardo Nuez (back strain) may hit
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