According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter has been hired by the Phillies as a minor league pitching consultant. His man objective will be to assist in the evaluation of the staffs at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Whether it translate to the young athletes he will be working with, Sutter, 57, certainly knows a thing or two about pitching success. He owns a 2.83 career ERA, a 1.14 career WHIP, and, if saves are your thing, 300 of those as well.
A right-hander known for his dominant split-fingered fastball, he won a Cy Young award in 1979 and finished in the top six of Cy Young voting four other times.
Sutter pitched for the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves over 12 professional seasons stretching from 1976-1988. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006 and owns one of 10 retired numbers at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.
The Red Sox have assigned right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the 10-day injured list after finding a loose body in his right elbow, per a team announcement. In a corresponding move, left-handed reliever Bobby Poyner was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Eovaldi’s spot on the 25-man roster.
While the move is retroactive to April 18, there’s little reason to believe that Eovaldi will be back on the mound anytime soon. The veteran righty has a history of elbow issues and missed over two months of the 2018 season when he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow last spring. For now, however, any definite recovery timetable or pending surgical procedures have yet to be announced.
After struggling through his first few outings of 2019, Eovaldi looked like he finally hit his stride during his last start against the Yankees on Wednesday. He tossed six quality innings, allowing just one unearned run, three hits, and three walks, and striking out six of 23 batters in the Red Sox’ eventual 5-3 loss. He currently holds a 6.00 ERA, 4.7 BB/9, and 6.9 SO/9 across 21 innings.
The Red Sox have not formally announced a replacement for Eovaldi in the rotation, but will turn to Poyner as they seek to strengthen a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-best in the AL. The 26-year-old lefty reliever presented well for Triple-A Pawtucket in his first five appearances of 2019, issuing three runs, five walks, and 13 strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings.