New York Yankees struggling starter Nathan Eovaldi has been listed as a reliever in today’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
It was also stated that he would be in the bullpen for the rest of the week as Chad Green will make Eovaldi’s scheduled start on Friday in Cleveland. This move is not anticipated to be long-term but it is very interesting, nevertheless.
Eovaldi was cruising through his 2016 campaign with a 6-2 record to compliment a 3.71 earned run average but something changed once the calendar shifted to June.
Since June 3, he has been “Not-So-Nasty Nate” as he has maintained a 9.20 ERA along with an opponent batting average of .344 (45 hits given up in 30.1 innings).
Green, after a rough outing in Arizona, recorded his first major-league win with one-run ball over six innings of work on Sunday against the San Diego Padres. In 14 starts for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate this season, the 25-year old owned a 1.54 ERA.
His stuff could honestly be at its full potential in short-relief, given his upper-90’s velocity and dominant splitter. It’s hard to see this as a long-term option, though, as Girardi said that Eovaldi would have made his Friday start against the Indians if Betances and Miller weren’t used so massively this preceding weekend.
For what it’s worth, Girardi reassures us that Eovaldi’s still a starter on the New York Yankees. However, we can question just how better off the Yankees are with Eovaldi in the ‘pen contrast to the rotation. This week we’ll receive that answer.