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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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Yankees land slugger Edwin Encarnacion in trade with Mariners

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Yankees land slugger Edwin Encarnacion in trade with Mariners

The MLB trade deadline is more than a month away, but the Boston Red Sox's arch rival already is making moves.

On Saturday, the New York Yankees acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Seattle gets pitching prospect Juan Then in return.

Encarnacion will be inserted into an already-fearsome lineup that soon will have both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back from their injury rehab assignments. While New York is set offensively, they likely will be searching for pitching help before the July 31 trade deadline.

In his age 36 season, Encarnacion currently leads the American League in home runs with 21. He has hit 20+ homers in each of his last eight seasons.

The first-place Yankees are five games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.

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Highlights from the Red Sox 7-2 over the Orioles

Highlights from the Red Sox 7-2 over the Orioles

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 7, Orioles 2

IN BRIEF: Chris Sale was sharp yet again for the Red Sox as they won their second straight against the Orioles. J.D. Martinez hit a home run again, extending his homer streak to three games. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 38-34

HIGHLIGHTS:

6th inning

Xander Bogaerts doubles down the left field line, Devers scores (1-0 BOS)

Brock Holt singles to right, Bogaerts scores (2-0 BOS)
Sandy Leon safe a first after error from Alberto, Holt scores (3-0 BOS)

Renato Nunez doubles to right, Alberto scores (3-1 BOS)
Jonathan Villar hits a SAC fly to right, Mancini scores (3-2 BOS)

7th inning

J.D. Martinez homers again (4-2 BOS)

9th inning

Xander Bogaerts SAC fly (5-2 BOS)
Holt RBI single (6-2 BOS)
Devers scores on throwing error (7-2 BOS)

UP NEXT:

@Orioles, Sunday, 1:05 p.m., NESN
@Twins, Monday, 8:10 p.m., NESN
@Twins, Tuesday, 8:10 p.m., NESN

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