Red Sox reliever Nathan Eovaldi expected to return within a week

 masslive.com  07/14/2019 02:55:00   Chris Cotillo | ccotillo@MassLive.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is expected to be activated within about a week, team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Saturday. Eovaldi will join the teams bullpen when he returns.

Eovaldi threw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Friday and is slated to face live hitting (either in live batting practice or a simulated game) Monday at Fenway Park. Hell then head to the minors for a rehab stint that will last one or two outings.

Well analyze that step-by-step, Dombrowski said.

The Red Sox have been pleased with how Eovaldis arm has bounced back after his most recent bullpens. The righty, who has been out with mid-April after undergoing elbow surgery to have loose bodies removed, had his rehab stalled by biceps soreness last month but has been progressing well lately.

Hes got a resilient arm, Dombrowski said. Were taking our time with him now because were having him bounce back. Hes bouncing back very well.

Eovaldis return to action has taken much longer than the original six-week timeframe the team expected. Its for that reason that the Sox shifted him to the bullpen while adding a starter, Andrew Cashner, via trade.

In his spot, unfortunately its taken longer from a health perspective, to make it back, Dombrowski said. If you start talking about building up a starter, thats another month. Weve always thought he could pitch in the pen. A lot of people thought that.

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