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MLB rumors: Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to have elbow surgery

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MLB rumors: Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to have elbow surgery

The Boston Red Sox starting rotation took a hit Monday.

Right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi will have right elbow surgery, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

WEEI's Rob Bradford reported an expected timetable for Eovaldi's absence.

Eovaldi has a 6.00 ERA with a 1.52 WHIP, 16 strikeouts and 11 walks over 21 innings in four starts this season. He's no stranger to elbow procedures -- the 29-year-old has had two Tommy John surgeries in his career. 

The Red Sox placed Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list over the weekend. Hector Velazquez likely will get a few starts in Eovaldi's spot in the rotation. 

Eovaldi signed a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox over the winter.

Boston's game Monday night against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park was postponed due to rain. It will be made up Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader.

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Wade Boggs backs Dennis Eckersley in feud with David Price

Wade Boggs backs Dennis Eckersley in feud with David Price

In altercations like the one between David Price and Dennis Eckersley, it gets big enough to where everyone starts to pick a side. In this case, it doesn't seem like many people are backing Price. 

Former Sox third baseman Wade Boggs spoke to the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy and backed his former teammate. 

“This is ridiculous. Everybody in the game loves Eck. He was a great teammate. And Price? Please. He should ask me what it used to be like to play in Boston. These guys today don’t hear any noise compared to the stuff that was aimed at us. I mean, seriously. 'Yuck?’ Give me a break.

Price rekindled the bad blood between him and Eckersley earlier this week after criticizing the Hall of Famer's comments about him in a profile with the Globe. Eckersley responded, saying Price is his new "Kirk Gibson," in how he can't go anywhere without someone talking about it with him. 

What Boggs seems to be referencing here are Price's claims that Eckersley wasn't well-liked among his former teammates, citing an MLB Network documentary about Eck that did not include any of his past teammates. Those claims turned out to be false, since the documentary included multiple former player's speaking highly of the right-hander. 

Price did follow up the headlines he created off the field with strong play on it. On Friday night against one of the worst teams in baseball in the Orioles, Price surrendered six earned runs in just four innings, leading to an embarrassing loss for the Red Sox. 

The former Cy Young award-winner has been a target of much criticism based on his past struggles in the bullpen and his affection for Fortnite. After the leading the Red Sox to a World Series championship with exceptional pitching against the Astros and Dodgers especially, it's really a shame that Price is back battling with the media over something that was definitely avoidable. 

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Dennis Eckersley responds to David Price as feud continues

Dennis Eckersley responds to David Price as feud continues

David Price resurfaced his feud with Dennis Eckersley Wednesday, which he followed up with a dreadful start against the Orioles Friday night. Price claimed the feud with Eckersley had nothing to do with the rough start, but the situation has become impossible to ignore.

In a story by Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, Eckersley said he can't go anywhere without somebody mentioning it to him. 

He’s my new Kirk Gibson. Everywhere I go, people are asking me about David Price, telling me what he said about me. For years, I carried the Gibson thing around. Everyone was droppin’ a Gibson on me. Now I got this. I don’t get it.

Eckersley is referencing the iconic home run Kirk Gibson hit off of him in the 1988 World Series between the Dodgers and Athletics. Gibson was pinch-hitting for the Dodgers in the 9th inning of Game 1 and hit a walk-off homer despite injuries to both of his legs. 

Eckersley has lived with that moment for over three decades now, so he's probably hoping this feud with Price doesn't last anywhere near that long. 

Speaking of Price's start against the Orioles, his first start since calling Eckersley's comments in a profile "trash," the lefty gave up eight hits, two home runs and six earned runs to one of the worst teams in baseball. 

Price has been Boston's best pitcher this season, so it would be a real shame to let something as silly as Eck's comments in a story, which weren't anything to get worked up about, derail his season and hurt the Red Sox' chances of sneaking into the playoffs. 

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