Nathan Eovaldi likely will return to Red Sox over weekend


It appears Nathan Eovaldi is finally nearing a return.

The right-hander has been out since April following undergoing an arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow on April 23. He's also dealt with biceps soreness while rehabbing, but the plan is for him to make a rehab outing in Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday.

If all goes well it's likely he's activated sometime over the weekend, according to Alex Cora on Wednesday's edition of Ordway, Merloni & Fauria.

Eovaldi may only need one rehab outing because of previous work at the park.

“We’ll see how he goes (Thursday), that is the most important thing — if he can pitch tomorrow," he said. "Then we will make a decision. This will be realistically his third rehab game. He faced Mitch (Moreland) and Sandy (Leon) here. He had one before that, so this is actually like his third one.”

Once he returns, he will be transitioned to the closer's role as the Red Sox look to solidify their bullpen.