Nate Eovaldi is unlikely to return to the Yankees during the regular season

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said this afternoon that it Nathan Eovaldi is unlikely pitch until the postseason.

Eovaldi has been shut down for two weeks due to right elbow inflammation and the calendar is such that he’s running out of time to get on a throwing program that gets him back in the rotation before the end of the year. Adam Warren is likely to take his place in the rotation.

Of course, at the moment, the Yankees are the top wild card team and are 6.5 games ahead of the first team currently out of playoff position, so the postseason is likely. Eovaldi’s absence, however, will make it a bit harder for them to pass the Blue Jays and win the division title, thereby ensuring a playoff series instead of a mere one-and-done wild card game.