Nathan Eovaldi to be Red Sox closer upon return from IL, report says
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MLB wrap: Josh Bell’s 3 home runs help Pirates demolish Cubs Before he was sent to the IL, Eovaldi posted a 6.00 ERA in 21 innings pitched across four starts.Right now, Boston’s bullpen ERA is 4.37, but the past two weeks have seen the group post a 6.18 ERA with eight blown saves in June. It’s the second-highest ERA and most lost games of any team in the league in that time span. Related News The report noted that Eovaldi will serve as a “traditional” closer and will not share the role with other relievers. The move of Eovaldi to the bullpen benefits both the pitcher and the Red Sox — Eovaldi gets to return to the mound sooner than expected because he won’t have to stretch out over multiple innings on a rehab assignment and the Red Sox will have a steady closer as the team tries to rectify its bullpen. David Ortiz shooting was a hit gone wrong, police say The Red Sox are looking at Nathan Eovaldi to help fix with their bullpen woes.The right-hander has been on the 60-day injury list since April 20 after undergoing elbow surgery. According to NESN , he’s expected to be ready to pitch again after the All-Star Break, where he will be used in the bullpen at first.