Yankees Shut Down Eovaldi For Two Weeks
When the 2015 MLB season began in April, the New York Yankees looked at the newly acquired Nathan Eovaldi as the fourth member of their five man rotation. A spot that in the rotation that would almost come as an afterthought when you consider that the first three spots were filled by Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and the veteran CC Sabathia.
But, as the season has unfolded, Eovaldi has become a diamond in the rough so to speak. A consistent part of the rotation as injuries plagued other pitchers has led him to 14-3 record along with a 4.20 ERA while developing his now powerful split-finger fastball.
As the Yankees continue to battle the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League East title, the team has had to shutdown one of their most valuable assets for two weeks. Eovaldi has inflammation in his right elbow according to a MRI that he had this week after he suffered his first loss since June 16 this past Saturday. There is no official word yet on whether he will make another regular season appearance but the Yankees are hoping that if they do make the post-season that he will join as he has become such an integral part of the pitching staff.
Eovaldi did have Tommy John Surgery after his junior year at Alvin High School in Texas but hasn’t shown any signs of a recurrence with an elbow injury and has continued to impress with pitches consistently hitting 98-100mph.
The twenty-five year old was acquired by the New York Yankees in December 2014 along with Garrett Jones and Domingo German in exchange for Martin Prado and David Phelps.