BALTIMORE (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi is poised to return to the Boston pitching staff as a reliever after missing three months with an elbow injury.
The right-hander passed his final test Thursday, striking out the side in a one-inning rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket. Barring any setback, Eovaldi will come off the 60-day injured list on Saturday in Baltimore.
Signed as a free agent in December, Eovaldi made four starts for the Red Sox before being placed on the injured list on April 20.
The 29-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007 and 2016, and Boston will be judicious in rationing his workload.
Manager Joey Cora said, “We obviously have to protect him. … The game will dictate how we’re going to use him.”