David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in his return from the disabled list last night against the Royals, but he’s not out of the woods yet with his strained right Achilles tendon.
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Ortiz is out of the starting lineup tonight and is scheduled to be re-evaluated as the Red Sox decide whether to shut him down for the rest of the season. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told Evan Drellich of MLB.com that the team’s medical staff believes there’s little chance of a ruptured Achilles, but Ortiz is understandably concerned about making things worse, especially with free agency looming this offseason.
Ortiz, who turns 37 in November, is hitting .318/.415/.611 with 23 home runs, 60 RBI and a 1.026 OPS in 90 games played this year.
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.