The New York Yankees are currently in the midst of a heated race with the Toronto Blue Jays for sole possession of first place in the AL East division. The team who is crowned the winners of the AL East will get an automatic ticket into the postseason while the losers will be enter the wild card play-in game with another team and have to fight for their postseason life. Things are about to get a little tougher for the Yankees are right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi is being shut down for two weeks due to elbow inflammation as reported by Sweeny Murti of Sportsradio 66 WFAN.
The young righty is in the midst of a solid season for the Bronx Bombers as has tossed 154.1 innings of 4.20 ERA baseball so far this season. Acquired in an offseason deal with the Miami Marlins he has been durable for the Yankees through the entire season up until this point. He has been a key part of their rotation so losing him right now is not a good thing at all. They are already missing the bat of Mark Teixeira who is still sidelined due to a bruised shin and will now have to tread water without Eovaldi.
His elbow inflammation does not appear to be serious, but the Yankees are being very cautious with him at this point due his age and place in their future for years to come. The team is hopeful Eovaldi will be able to come back before the postseason starts.