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Nate Eovaldi is unlikely to return to the Yankees during the regular season

Nathan Eovaldi

New York Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers the ball to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said this afternoon that it Nathan Eovaldi is unlikely pitch until the postseason.

Cashman: “Sounds like” Nathan Eovaldi will not be able to pitch until the postseason

— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 8, 2015

Eovaldi has been shut down for two weeks due to right elbow inflammation and the calendar is such that he’s running out of time to get on a throwing program that gets him back in the rotation before the end of the year. Adam Warren is likely to take his place in the rotation.

Of course, at the moment, the Yankees are the top wild card team and are 6.5 games ahead of the first team currently out of playoff position, so the postseason is likely. Eovaldi’s absence, however, will make it a bit harder for them to pass the Blue Jays and win the division title, thereby ensuring a playoff series instead of a mere one-and-done wild card game.