Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

In an unexpected move, the Red Sox placed right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the Injured List Saturday due to an elbow problem.

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.

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