Nathan Eovaldi shut down for two weeks due to elbow inflammation

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Nathan Eovaldi has been a changed pitcher over the past couple of months, but the Yankees will have to make due without him for a while.

The Yankees announced tonight that Eovaldi has been shut down for two weeks due to right elbow inflammation. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti writes that the hope is he will be back in time for a possible playoff run, as there’s still about four weeks remaining in the regular season. However, that’s assuming that he feels good after the extended rest and has enough time to get tuned up.

The Yankees were expected to go with a six-man rotation with CC Sabathia returning from the disabled list this week. It’s unclear if they’ll bring another starter into the mix or go back to a standard five-man alignment.

Eovaldi gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday, but he has been much improved dating back to around mid-June. Thanks to increased use of his splitter, the 25-year-old has a 3.43 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 84 innings over his last 14 starts. He has a 4.20 ERA overall this season.