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Red Sox put Eovaldi on injured list with elbow issue, call up Poyner

Red Sox put Eovaldi on injured list with elbow issue, call up Poyner

Like most of the Red Sox starting rotation early this season, it's been a struggle for Nathan Eovaldi (6.00 ERA, 1.524 WHIP) through his first four starts.

Now we likely know why.

The Red Sox placed Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list with a loose body in the right elbow, retroactive to April 18. It's the same injury that caused Eovaldi to miss the first two months of the season last year before the Red Sox acquired him at the trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Rays. He didn't make his first start until May 30 after he had surgery at the end of March to remove loose bodies from the elbow. 

However, Eovaldi does not seem worried about the idea of another surgery.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters, including Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, in St. Petersburg that Eovaldi will see a specialist in New York on Monday. to determine if surgery is needed. He was unable to stretch his arm out because of where the loose bodies are in his elbow. The 29-year-old has also twice undergone Tommy John surgery. 

To take his roster spot, the Red Sox have called up left-handed reliever Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket. Eovaldi pitched well in his last start, going six innings and allowing one run against the Yankees on Wednesday night. The Yanks rallied to win 5-3 on Brett Gardner's grand slam off Ryan Brasier.

The Sox have used Hector Velasquez as a spot starter in the rotation already this season, so he'd be a good candidate to take Eovaldi's turn Monday against the Detroit Tigers when the team returns home from this trip. 

Eovaldi, of course, was a postseason hero for the Red Sox last year, famously throwing 97 pitches in a six-plus inning relief effort before allowing Max Muncy's walk-off home run in the 18th inning to end the longest Series game ever in a 3-2 Sox loss in Game 3. He had a 1.61 ERA in six postseason appearances, including two starts, last fall.  He parlayed that into a four-year, $68 million contract he signed in the offseason to remain in Boston. 

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David Price on early exit from Saturday start: 'I wanted to stay in the game'

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David Price on early exit from Saturday start: 'I wanted to stay in the game'

David Price tried to gut out his Saturday night start while dealing with flu-like symptoms, but Alex Cora didn't want to take any chances.

Price was replaced by reliever Colten Brewer after facing only three Astros batters. Following the Red Sox' 4-3 loss, the left-hander said he wanted to stay in the game. Ultimately, that wasn't his decision to make.

Cora said he simply wanted to avoid the situation from worsening, as the Sox can ill afford to have Price land on the injured list again for an extended period of time.

The good news is Price didn't suffer a setback with his elbow as was originally feared. He had just returned from the IL on Monday after dealing with left elbow tendinitis.

The Red Sox will look to avoid getting swept by the Astros on Sunday.

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Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 loss to the Astros

Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 loss to the Astros

FINAL SCORE: Astros 4, Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox offense struggled to knock their baserunners in all night in Houston but tied the game in the ninth inning thanks to a two-run single from Christian Vazquez. The Astros responded in the bottom half to walk it off and take the first two games of the series.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 27-25

HIGHLIGHTS:


2nd inning

DEVERS HAS HOME RUN TAKEN AWAY BY MINUTE MAID'S ROOF

6th inning

Josh Reddick singles, Carlos Correa scores (1-0 HOU)
Tyler White singles, Yuli Gurriel scores (2-0 HOU)

7th inning

Andrew Benintendi drives in Michael Chavis with RBI single (2-1 HOU)

BASERUNNING BLUNDER COSTS SOX A CHANCE AT MORE RUNS

Gurriel infield single, Aldemys Diaz scores (3-1 HOU)

9th inning

Christian Vazquez singles, Chavis and Jackie Bradley Jr. score (3-3)

Carlos Correa walk-off single, Diaz scores (4-3 HOU)

UP NEXT:

@Astros, Sunday, 2:10 p.m., NESN
vs. Indians, Monday, 4:05 p.m., ESPN, NESN
vs Indians, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN

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