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.

Pirates shut down Chris Archer

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The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.

Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.