The weekend began with the Red Sox receiving news of, yet another, injured player.
Nathan Eovaldi is the newest member of the Boston Red Sox to hit the Injured List in 2019. It was announced that he’d head to the 10 Day with “loose bodies” in his right elbow. This is the identical issue he experienced last season with the Rays, that he was able to recover from, but given his injury history is something to be monitored.
Obviously, this now leaves a hole in the Sox rotation. Let’s take a look at a couple of options to replace Eovaldi.
Hector is the simple solution, as he’s already started multiple games for the Red Sox this season. To this point, Alex Cora has largely used him on an inning / pitch count, but could look for the reliever to give longer outings with Nathan Eovaldi hitting the shelf.
Velazquez has posted a 2.84 ERA thus far and would cause the least disruption to the 40 man, and active, rosters.
The University of Kentucky product is currently a member of the 40 man roster. He currently resides in Pawtucket and has posted a 4.91 ERA in 2019. It’s clear that the Red Sox are intrigued by his development, as he’s participated in the Arizona Fall League in order to increase his potential development as a starter.
It would cause minimal interference to the Sox roster, which could be prudent considering the recent moves that have occurred.
The Pawtucket starter was a player that would have been deserving of a September call up last season, had the Red Sox opted to go in that direction. He posted a 3.44 ERA in 2018 and has proven to be effective this season, which a 3.12 ERA over three outings.
Shawaryn is not currently on the 40 man roster, but the Red Sox do have a couple of open spots. If Nathan Eovaldi is out for a considerable amount of time, the Sox may choose to expedite his development. Whether it’s this season, or next, the former Maryland Terrapin has a future in Boston.
Here’s the out-of-the-box option for the Boston Red Sox. The proven starter is currently residing within the New York Yankees’ organization, but does have a large decision looming regarding his future. He, and his agent, have given the Yankees a deadline to promote him to the big league roster, or choose the open market – which happens to be today.
If the Yankees are to part ways with Gonzalez (which seems likely at this point), he would make a lot of sense for the Red Sox. Not only would he fill in for Eovaldi, but he would allow the organization to limit innings / usage for the rest of the rotation. The club could utilize a six man rotation when everyone is healthy.
Now it’s possible that this may be outside of the realm of possibilities due to the left-handed heavy state of the rotation; however it could become reality. Gio Gonzalez has been a proven Major League starter with the Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, and Milwaukee Brewers, and could prove to be more than a short-term fix for the defending World Series champions.