By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
In an unexpected move, the Red Sox placed right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the Injured List Saturday due to an elbow problem.
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.
Eovaldi has a history of elbow issues, including two Tommy John surgeries, the most recent in 2017. He had a similar problem with loose bodies in his elbow at the beginning of 2018 and needed arthroscopic surgery to address the matter. He missed two months of the season before returning to action in June, ahead of his trade to the Red Sox.
The timetable for Eovaldi’s return is unclear at this point. The Red Sox have not yet indicated who will take his spot in the rotation, but Hector Velazquez seems to be the likely choice.
Eovaldi signed a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox at the end of last year.