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Nathan Eovaldi suffers setback during bullpen

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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi suffered a setback during his most recent bullpen. Per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Eovaldi is dealing with biceps soreness, pushing his next scheduled bullpen back.

Eovaldi, 29, is currently working his way back after undergoing surgery in April to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. The original timetable had him slated to return in mid-June, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.

The Red Sox and Eovaldi agreed on a four-year, $68 million contract in December after he helped his team win a championship. After coming over from the Rays, Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA with a 48/12 K/BB ratio in 54 innings in the regular season, then limited the opposition to four earned runs in 22 1/3 innings in the postseason. In four starts to begin the 2019 season, Eovaldi relented 14 earned runs in 21 innings.

In Eovaldi’s absence, the Red Sox have had trouble filling out the back of the rotation. Hector Velázquez, Ryan Weber, and Josh Smith have made starts in Eovaldi’s place but have not found success, owning respective ERAs of 5.97, 5.12, and 6.35.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.