Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Yankees have released pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as well as pitchers Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow. Eovaldi had been designated for assignment on November 20.
Eovaldi, 26, made 21 starts and three relief appearances before his season was ended in August due to a partially torn UCL and a torn flexor tendon. The right-hander posted a 4.76 ERA with a 97/40 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings.
Eovaldi is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing surgery, but given his age and skills — his fastball velocity sat at 97.1 MPH on average — there will still be some teams willing to take a chance on him and wait out his rehab.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.