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Rehab start on hold for Eovaldi after setback

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KANSAS CITY -- Nathan Eovaldi has been scratched from Tuesday's rehab start due to a minor setback.

Eovaldi, who was earmarked to be in the rotation at the beginning of the season, went on the disabled list because he had to have loose bodies surgically removed from his right elbow. The setback is due to a right muscle strain.

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KANSAS CITY -- Nathan Eovaldi has been scratched from Tuesday's rehab start due to a minor setback.

Eovaldi, who was earmarked to be in the rotation at the beginning of the season, went on the disabled list because he had to have loose bodies surgically removed from his right elbow. The setback is due to a right muscle strain.

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The right-hander had been doing well in his rehab assignment. The start on Tuesday would have been his third. His next start has yet to be rescheduled, but he will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

"He came up with right-side soreness," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Nothing alarming. But we're going to be smart with it. Our timetable, which we thought was 22nd or 24th of May, and hopefully the bullpen goes well [Tuesday] and we'll slot him right back in the [Durham] rotation [to finish his rehab]."

Roster moves

The Rays were busy Monday, transferring left-hander Anthony Banda from Triple-A Durham to the taxi squad and recalling right-hander Hunter Wood from Durham.

Banda, who was acquired from the D-backs in the Steven Souza Jr. trade, will be activated Tuesday to start against the Royals that night.

"It's exciting, I finally get to get on the mound again. I'm excited, knowing the plan and the schedule is always good," Banda said. "Especially for a routine."

Banda was brought to Baltimore over the weekend to serve as the team's 26th player for Saturday's doubleheader, but he did not see any action.

"A lot of upside," Cash said about Banda. "We're really happy with his progression at this point. It's like I told him when we optioned him out at Spring Training: You get to know a guy. You hear about acquiring a guy. You don't know what you're getting. But we were more excited about him when he left Spring Training than when we acquired him. That's a pretty strong testament to what he showed."

In seven starts for Durham this season, Banda is 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA.

Wood was the corresponding move for optioning Andrew Kittredge to Triple-A Durham after Sunday's 17-1 loss to the Orioles.

Wood is 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA in 10 appearances for the Bulls this season. This will be Wood's second stint with the Rays this year. He appeared in one game and is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA.

The Rays will have to make another move on Tuesday when Banda is activated.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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