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Red Sox relief prospect Durbin Feltman compared to All-Star closer by American League scout

Red Sox relief prospect Durbin Feltman compared to All-Star closer by American League scout

If 21-year-old relief prospect Durbin Feltman lives up to expectations, the bullpen won't be an area of concern much longer for the Red Sox.

Boston's third-round pick of last June's MLB draft has turned heads at camp this spring. In fact, one American League scout even compared Feltman to a three-time All-Star closer after watching him take the mound in a minor-league game Monday.

"He was 94 [mph] with plus downer curveball," the AL scout said, per WEEI. "Good aggressiveness. Arm action not the same, more effort, but the fastball and curveball shape remind me of a young [Mark] Melancon."

The name "Mark Melancon" probably won't excite many Red Sox fans. After all, Melancon's stint with Boston in 2012 couldn't have gone much worse as he posted a career-high ERA of 6.20 in 41 appearances.

But other than that one nightmare season, Melancon's 10-year career has mostly been a successful one. He had a 1.80 ERA and 147 saves in his first four seasons after leaving Boston.

Feltman has a long way to go to make the big-league club, never mind become an All-Star closer for the Red Sox. The TCU product has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game and hasn't thrown a pitch above the Single-A Salem level. Still, the No. 12 ranked prospect in the Sox' system could be counted on to pitch some big innings down the line if Boston's current bullpen plan falls apart.

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Nathan Eovaldi expected to return in six weeks after elbow surgery

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Nathan Eovaldi expected to return in six weeks after elbow surgery

The Boston Red Sox will be without Nathan Eovaldi for at least a month and a half.

The right-hander underwent successful arthroscopic surgery in New York on Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right elbow, the Red Sox announced.

He's expected to make a "full return to pitching" in six weeks, per the team.

The Red Sox placed Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list over the weekend with an elbow issue after he posted a 6.00 ERA through four starts.

The 29-year-old is just over a year removed from a March 2018 procedure to remove loose bodies in his elbow while he was with the Tampa Bay Rays. He also missed the entire 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

"From everything that I heard, he's doing well," manager Alex Cora said Tuesday morning at Fenway Park. "The expectation is for him to recover. He went through this last year. He should be fine when he comes back and ready to roll."

Cora said pitcher Hector Velazquez likely will make a few starts in Eovaldi's absence, which should last into early June.

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Red Sox vs. Tigers lineups: Michael Chavis at third base for doubleheader Game 1

Red Sox vs. Tigers lineups: Michael Chavis at third base for doubleheader Game 1

The Boston Red Sox will play two Tuesday, and they're mixing things up for the first one.

Rookie Michael Chavis gets the start at third base for Game 1 of Boston's doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park after Monday's series opener was rained out.

Chavis made his first major league start Sunday at second base, but third base is his more natural position and where he played the most games in the minors last season.

In another odd quirk, Christian Vazquez will be the Red Sox's designated hitter Tuesday, with Sandy Leon catching left-hander Chris Sale. Recent call-up Tzu-Wei Lin gets the call at second base, while J.D. Martinez will play right field with Jackie Bradley Jr. out as Boston aims for its fourth consecutive win.

Here are both full lineups for Game 1, which is set for 1:10 p.m. ET:

BOSTON RED SOX (9-13)
Andrew Benintendi, LF
Mookie Betts, CF
J.D. Martinez, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Steve Pearce, 1B
Michael Chavis, 3B
Christian Vazquez, DH
Tzu-Wei Lin, 2B
Sandy Leon, C

Chris Sale, LHP (0-4, 8.50 ERA)

DETROIT TIGERS (10-10)
Jeimer Candelario, 3B
Nicholas Castellanos, DH
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Niko Goodrum, RF
Dustin Peterson, LF
Ronny Rodriguez, SS
Josh Harrison, 2B
Grayson Greiner, C
JaCoby Jones, CF

Matthew Boyd, LHP (1-1, 2.96 ERA)

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