Red Sox Starter Aims to Return Next Week

Red Sox ace Nathan Eovaldi is expected to return next week. 
Eovaldi was placed on the 15-day IL last Sunday with lower-back inflammation. Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, is hopeful that the pitcher will be able to return as soon as he is eligible, which is June 24th.    

The thirty-two year old is in the final year of his four-year/$68 million contract ($17 AAV) with the Boston Red Sox.  He holds a 3.16 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and has 72 strikeouts over his 68 innings this season. 
The Red Sox have been surging over the past month, posting a 20-8 record giving them a 33-29 record on the season and putting them fourth in the AL East. The club is sitting in the third wildcard spot, with a half-game lead over the Cleveland Guardians.
Eovaldi's return will likely contribute to further success for the team in the coming weeks.      

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