Red Sox’ SP Nathan Eovaldi nearing rehab assignment

By Matt Johnson
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As the Boston Red Sox continue to fight to stay in contention for the A.L. East, reinforcements could be on the way in the near future for Boston’s rotation.

According to Chris Cotillo of, starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will throw a bullpen session on Sunday. If things go well, he would then begin a rehab assignment shortly after that.

Eovaldi threw a simulated game on June 4, but came away displeased with his mechanics and wanted another bullpen session. As long as he believes he has found his mechanics on Sunday, then he’d likely head to one of Boston’s minor-league affiliates next week.

The 29-year-old underwent elbow surgery in April to address loose bodies in his pitching elbow, a procedure he also received last season. Now nearly two months since he last took the hill for Boston, he might finally be close to taking the mound in a game once again.

Eovaldi struggled in his first four starts this season with a 6.00 ERA, 21 hits and six home runs allowed in 21 innings.

If he’s able to return to the form Boston enjoyed in 2018, when he recorded a 3.33 ERA in 54 innings after being traded to the Red Sox, it could help Boston start to make up some ground on the New York Yankees.