The Boston Red Sox were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday, but that doesn't mean they've stopped trying to win games.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora revealed on Monday that injured ace Nathan Eovaldi will return to the rotation this week and make two more starts before the regular season ends.
Nathan Eovaldi Injury Update
Eovaldi, who has not pitched since Aug. 12 because of a shoulder injury, will finally return to Boston's rotation during this week's series against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, which begins on Monday. Barring any setbacks, he'll make another start against the Tampa Bay Rays at home next week before the regular season concludes.
Cora is showing respect for Eovaldi by letting him make his final two starts at home. Eovaldi will be a free agent this winter, so these could be his final appearances at Fenway in a Red Sox uniform. The 32-year-old righty has expressed a desire to remain in Boston, but his future with the team remains uncertain.
If these are Eovaldi's final days with the Red Sox, it will be a bittersweet ending for the 2018 World Series hero and 2021 All-Star. Eovaldi emerged as Boston's de facto ace over the past several seasons after David Price was traded away and Chris Sale was derailed by injuries. He also shined in the postseason, posting a 3.14 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in 43 playoff innings.
This season hasn't gone how Eovaldi and the Red Sox hoped, but there's still time for him to finish the year on a high note.