Red Sox starting rotation takes another injury hit
BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Nathan Eovaldi #17 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader at Fenway Park on May 28, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
After a weekend of speculation, the Red Sox officially placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 15-day IL on Tuesday. Eovaldi has missed his last two starts due to an upper back injury. His placement is retroactive to August 19.
This isn’t the first time the injury had kept Evoaldi off the field. He also missed six weeks between June and July. Since returning he’s made six starts, going 1-1 in those games with a 6.32 ERA.
Righty Josh Winckowski was recalled from Triple-A Worcester to take Eovaldi’s place in the rotation. He’ll get the start Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Winckowski has started 12 games for the Red Sox this season, going 5-6 with a 5.19 ERA.
Along with Eovaldi, the Red Sox also placed first baseman Eric Hosmer on the IL with low back inflammation, retroactive to August 21. Since being acquired by the Red Sox at last month’s trade deadline, Hosmer has hit .225 in 12 games.
Franchy Cordero was recalled to take Hosmer’s spot on the roster. In 73 games with the big league club this year, Cordero is hitting .222 with five home runs and 25 runs driven in.
Despite having the opening at first base, the Red Sox elected not to call up Triston Casas, the second-ranked prospect in their system according to SoxProspects.com. Casas, the team’s first-round pick in 2018, is slashing .258/.367/.481 in Worcester this year, and many expected the 22-year-old first baseman to make his Major League debut this season.
The Red Sox enter Tuesday six games out of the final Wild Card spot in the American League. Tuesday’s game is the first of a six-game homestand that has them facing the Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.
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