Boston Red Sox didn’t open the 2019 MLB in the best way possible and things could get even worse as they are set to play without their starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi in the coming weeks. Red Sox announced on Tuesday that Eovaldi underwent surgery on his right elbow.
According to Boston’s manager Alex Cora, the team still doesn’t have a timetable on Eovaldi’s return while noting that the surgery went well. Sources close to the team, however, report that the 29-year-old might miss four to six weeks.
Nathan Eovaldi had a similar surgery in 2018 while being a member of Tampa Bay Rays and recovered in two months.
“I went right into the surgery [in 2018], and it worked out really well for me,” – Eovaldi told reporters on Saturday. “It’s one of those things where we’re at in the year, too. It’s so early in the season, we have a lot of time left, we don’t want anything to get worse toward the end of the season. I felt like the procedure went really smoothly last year and the recovery was fast. It’s two weeks until you have your range of motion back.”
Boston Red Sox acquired Eovaldi from Tampa in July 2018 and he managed to help the team win a World Series title. Thanks to his good performances, he managed to secure a four-year, $68 million contract in the offseason to return to Boston.
Eovaldi played four games this season in which he posted 6.00 ERA alongside 16 strikeouts. His MLB career stats include 44–53 record, 4.23 ERA and 650 strikeouts.