The Boston Red Sox starting rotation took a hit Monday.
Right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi will have right elbow surgery, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
#RedSox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will undergo surgery tomorrow to remove the loose bodies in his elbow, a source tells The Athletic. Had similar procedure in 2018 and missed two months while with #Rays. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 22, 2019
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WEEI's Rob Bradford reported an expected timetable for Eovaldi's absence.
Per source: Eovaldi out 4-6 weeks with loose body removal in elbow. Similar to last season — Rob Bradford (@bradfo) April 22, 2019
Eovaldi has a 6.00 ERA with a 1.52 WHIP, 16 strikeouts and 11 walks over 21 innings in four starts this season. He's no stranger to elbow procedures -- the 29-year-old has had two Tommy John surgeries in his career.
The Red Sox placed Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list over the weekend. Hector Velazquez likely will get a few starts in Eovaldi's spot in the rotation.
Eovaldi signed a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox over the winter.
Boston's game Monday night against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park was postponed due to rain. It will be made up Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader.
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