Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi

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Red Sox Injury Update: Nathan Eovaldi to throw bullpen next week

Nick Friar
May 17, 2019 - 5:47 pm

Nathan Eovaldi continues to make progress from his surgery on April 23 to remove loose bodies from his throwing elbow. The hope is the Red Sox starter will throw a “mini-bullpen,” as Alex Cora put it, next week, ideally Tuesday, after throwing as far as 120 feet in a successful flat-ground session on Friday.

“He’s throwing well,” Cora said prior to Friday’s game against the Astros. “Looking forward to that. Just physically, he is who he is. He went through this process last year. The only difference, he was coming from the other surgery, too. So they have to take care of him in that aspect. … Compared to last year he’ll be back sooner than the previous year.”

With the Red Sox taking things at an even pace, Eovaldi hasn’t taken a step backward in the rehab process.

“My arm feels great,” he said. “We’re just trying to take it slow with everything and make sure we build up the right way.”

The other Red Sox starter on the injured list, David Price (left elbow tendinitis), continues to make progress and may return next series. As long as he reacts well to his work over the days leading up to Monday’s game against the Blue Jays, Cora said that will be Price’s game to start.

On the positional players’ side, Dustin Pedroia (left knee) and Brock Holt (right eye, scratched cornea) will play with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. Pedroia will play second — barring issues with field conditions — and is expected to play three games in a row. Holt will be the designated hitter, though Cora expects Holt will get work in the field next week.

“He has to play second, play third, probably the outfield,” Cora said. “He’s doing better as far as his throwing progression. When he starts playing the positions we’ll talk about making decisions and all that stuff.”

Although Holt’s eye is a non-issue, the Red Sox still want him to get more at-bats with Pawtucket; mainly because he hasn’t faced pitching with two good eyes since March.

“He hasn’t really had an at-bat since spring training since the last one against the Cubs because his at-bats during the season it was actually with one eye,” Cora said.