Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi had to leave Wednesday’s start, after 12 pitches against the Red Sox, due to discomfort in his right elbow. It turns out that the right-hander has a partially torn UCL and a torn flexor tendon which will require surgery, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Diamond adds that Eovaldi’s flexor tendon was “torn clear off the bone.”
Not only will Eovaldi miss the rest of the 2016 season, he’ll miss most if not all of the 2017 season as well. The 26-year-old had an inconsistent 2016 campaign, putting up a 4.76 ERA with a 97/40 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings.
Going forward, the Yankees’ rotation will include Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Chad Green, and Luis Cessa.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”