After a rough first half of the season, Nathan Eovaldi moved to the bullpen for a brief period in July. He found a good deal of success in the new role, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings, but that success was short lived. He was diagnosed a partially torn UCL and fully torn flexor tendon in his right arm in August, which required season-ending Tommy John surgery. As a result, Eovaldi will miss the entirety of the 2017 season. He was non-tendered by the Yankees in the offseason, and given his lackluster results as a starter so far in his career, it seems like he'll move to the bullpen full-time once he's healthy if the Rays decide to hang onto him for another season.
Eovaldi (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The move allowed the Rays to add Jumbo Diaz to the roster and makes logistical sense as Eovaldi (who signed with the Rays in February) is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and has been ruled out for the entire 2017 season.
Eovaldi (elbow) reported no setbacks a day after playing catch for the first time following Tommy John surgery, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 27-year-old righty, who is expected to miss the entire 2017 campaign, took a small but important step in the long road to recovery with the initial throwing session. The Rays plan to keep him on a schedule of every-other-day catch regimen for the time being.
Eovaldi agreed to a two-year deal with the Rays on Sunday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. Eovaldi is slated to miss the entire 2017 season as he continues recovering from Tommy John surgery. He'll earn $2 million for the upcoming campaign, while the Rays have a club option for the 2018 season.
Eovaldi was released by the Yankees on Monday. Eovaldi was serviceable during his two-year stint as a member of the Yankees rotation, but after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August (and effectively ending his chances of pitching in 2017), the Yankees saw no reason to keep him around. The 26-year-old could be an enticing option for teams looking for an inexpensive and young pitcher if they're willing to wait a year for his services, though.
Eovaldi was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Friday. Eovaldi was the victim of a need for 40-man roster spots in advance of the deadline for Rule 5 draft protection, though he was also reported to be non-tendered a week ago. Currently recovering from Tommy John surgery, he could be a lottery ticket enticed by his velocity and willing to wait as he rehabs.