Eovaldi, who had been scheduled to start Saturday, is having his next spring start pushed back to Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Boston manager Alex Cora was quick to point out this is not due to injury, but rather it was because Eovaldi missed a day of preparation for personal reasons, and the club wants to proceed with caution. Tuesday's start will be Eovladi's second Grapefruit League outing.
Eovaldi allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out two over 1.1 innings in Sunday's spring game against the Twins. Eovaldi told Christopher Smith of MassLive.com that it felt like he was rushing his delivery and his offspeed stuff wasn't very good. However, he was pleased with the fastball that averaged 97.9 mph and topped out at 99.5.
Eovaldi will start the Red Sox's spring opener against the Twins on Sunday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Eovaldi is slightly ahead of other starters in terms of progression. While Eovaldi will kick off the spring season, Eduardo Rodriguez is expected to be Boston's Opening Day starter.
Eovaldi threw his first live batting practice of spring training Saturday and is at full health, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. Eovaldi noted after the session that his arm felt fresh and said the decreased workload of the 2020 season could benefit his potential to stay healthy in 2021. In eight full seasons in the majors, Eovaldi has topped 150 innings only twice. In nine starts last year, he posted a solid 3.72 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a 52:7 K:BB across 48.1 frames.
Eovaldi (4-2) pitched six shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in a win over the Orioles on Wednesday. Eovaldi was locked in during this start, and the Red Sox offense gave him plenty of breathing room. The right-hander didn't allow a run over his last 11 innings this season. He finishes the season with a 3.72 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 52:7 K:BB across 48.1 innings.