Eovaldi (elbow) won't necessarily be handed the closer role immediately upon being activated from the 60-day injured list Saturday, contrary to previous reports, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Reports from early July suggested that Eovaldi would be the Red Sox's closer once healthy, but those reports may have been premature. Manager Alex Cora has no plans to name a closer but acknowledged that Brandon Workman effectively has the role for now. Eovaldi could still win the job at some point, but don't expect him to be handed the majority of save chances right away.
Eovaldi (elbow) is expected to be activated off the 60-day injured list Saturday, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports. Eovaldi has been out since undergoing elbow surgery in mid-April. He's made just a single rehab appearance but the Red Sox have nevertheless decided he's ready to go. He's expected to be Boston's closer once active.
Eovaldi (elbow) issued one walk and struck out three batters across a scoreless inning for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. Eovaldi looked sharp in what was his first game action since mid-April, firing 11 of his 19 pitches for strikes and touching 98 mph with his fastball, per Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. If the right-hander checks out OK in the coming days, he could be activated from the injured list during the team's upcoming series in Baltimore, which begins Friday. Eovaldi is expected to serve as Boston's closer once healthy.
Eovaldi (elbow) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports. Eovaldi has been sidelined since undergoing elbow surgery in mid-April, though he's closing in on a return. Seeing as he's transitioning to a closer role, the right-hander could be cleared to return during the team's upcoming road trip -- which begins in Baltimore over the weekend and runs through July 24 -- after just a brief rehab assignment, per Koch.
Eovaldi (elbow) will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday or Thursday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports. Eovaldi has been out since undergoing elbow surgery in mid-April, but reports from Saturday suggested that he'd be back within a week. He's being converted to a closer role, so he'll apparently need just a brief rehab assignment before returning to Boston.