Things are starting to look up for the Red Sox. Unfortunately for them, it was reported by The Athletic on Monday that starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will have surgery to remove the loose bodies in his elbow.
#RedSox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will undergo surgery tomorrow to remove the loose bodies in his elbow, a source tells The Athletic. Had similar procedure in 2018 and missed two months while with #Rays.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 22, 2019
As the tweet by Ken Rosenthal above states, Eovaldi will be undergoing surgery tomorrow and will be out for approximately 4-6 weeks.
The hard-throwing right-hander had a similar surgery last March while he was still a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Red Sox fans were given slight heart attacks on Saturday when it was announced that he would be placed on the 10-day Injured List with this elbow issue. President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski, says there was a chance these loose bodies were there last season during Eovaldi’s aforementioned surgery in 2018. Following that procedure, he missed two months of time.
Dave Dombrowski has also described this as saying it’s, “just a very small piece in there, but it’s in the wrong place.”
Eovaldi has made four appearances this season and is coming off of his best game yet. After struggling through his first three outings, the righty put on a stellar performance in New York, surrendering just three hits and no runs through 6.0 innings worth of work. Despite his excellent performance, this was his first outing that the team would wind up losing.
Through four games on the hill and 21 innings pitched, his current stat line reads a 6.00 ERA coupled with a 1.52 WHIP.
Over the offseason, Eovaldi received a 4-year deal worth $67.5 million from his current ballclub.