The Boston Red Sox announced Sunday that starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was added to the 15-day Injured List due to back inflammation. The injury was retroactive to June 9, per the Red Sox Twitter page.
Eovaldi has 12 starts for the Red Sox this season, tied for the most of any pitcher on the roster. In those starts, he’s 4-2 with an ERA of 3.16. He also leads the team in strikeouts with 72 in 68.1 innings.
Eovaldi was supposed to start for Boston in Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners, but the injury news forced the Red Sox to make a last-minute adjustment. Kutter Crawford was called up from Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Worcester on Saturday, then ended up being named the emergency starter on Sunday.
Crawford delivered in his second career major league start, pitching five scoreless innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just one hit while working around four walks. The successful start improved Crawford’s season ERA from 8.44 to 5.74. He and the Red Sox bullpen combined to allow just one hit to the Mariners in the game.
“[Crawford’s] stuff was really good,” Cora said, via Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “He made some good pitches on two strikes. He was under control, throwing hard”
The Red Sox defeated the Mariners 2-0 in Crawford’s call-up, improving to 32-29 this season. They sit at fourth in the AL East standings, 12.5 games behind the first-place New York Yankees. Boston is off Monday before hosting the Oakland A’s Tuesday through Thursday.