Eovaldi underwent similar surgery in 2018 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, before getting traded to Boston mid-season, and missed two months at the time. Red Sox president Dave Dombroski believes that the body that is still in his elbow is from that previous surgery. The hurler claimed that he felt fine after his last start against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, where he lasted six innings and allowed one unearned run, walked one, and struck out six in a loss. Instead, he reportedly noticed something wrong during the team's off day in Tampa Bay when he was unable to fully extend his arm.
The 29-year-old committed to the Red Sox this past December by signing a four-year contract that is worth $68 million. Since joining the Red Sox at last year's Trade Deadline, he is 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA. So far this season, he has four starts under his belt and has posted an ERA of 6.00 by allowing 14 runs over 21 innings. The right-hander has 16 strikeout and 11 walks, and will hope to join the rest of the starting rotation in finding a successful consistency once he returns.