Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will not make his scheduled start against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday because of a right calf injury, which is not considered serious. In fact, the Red Sox are hoping he can pitch on Saturday at Fenway Park against the Nationals.
Eovaldi started having calf issues after long tossing this past Saturday, and that came two days after he pitched against the Orioles. He arguably had his best start of the season, going seven innings and allowing one run in a 7-1 victory.
“Right now, we are being careful. I didn’t even try to throw my bullpen. Playing catch, I can feel [the cramp] a little bit,” Eovaldi said.
With Eovaldi not available, right-hander Colten Brewer will make the start for Boston. Brewer has spent most of the season in the bullpen, but this will be his third start. Brewer will face the Blue Jays for the ninth time in his career. He has allowed seven runs in 9 1/3 innings (6.75 ERA) vs. Toronto.
"I know in relieving you get that one-inning chance. … I can get more feel the more innings I go. It keeps me even keel the rest of the game. You know when to trust it more,” Brewer said.
Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi (rib injury) is not close to returning to action, according to manager Ron Roenicke. In fact, the team is still waiting for him to get back to baseball activities. Benintendi hurt the rib running the bases against the Rays on Aug. 12.