Brian Cashman didn't have much to offer on the good-news front yesterday afternoon.
The Yankees general manager said Nathan Eovaldi, diagnosed with right elbow inflammation Monday, very well may be done for the rest of the regular season -- and is questionable for the playoffs as well -- and the same goes for injured first baseman Mark Teixeira.
Eovaldi, who last started Saturday, complained of discomfort in the elbow on Monday morning. He was sent for tests at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and an MRI showed the inflammation.
Doctors recommended Eovaldi, the team's leader in victories (14), innings pitched (1541/3) and starts (27), be shut down for two weeks and then begin a two-week throwing program.
That calendar eliminates the 25-year-old from pitching in the regular season and makes even an October return uncertain.
"Until he goes through a successful rehab, you can't automatically assume anything," Cashman said. "If it takes longer, it takes longer. The most important thing right now is having him be healthy. He's no good to us not healthy. He's been a nice asset for us and we just have to give him a timeout now and make sure that we put him in a position to be that asset again. Hopefully it will be this year."
As for Teixeira, out except for one game since Aug. 17 with a right shin bone bruise, Cashman did not sound optimistic about a return in 2015.
"I do wonder [if he'll be back]," Cashman said. "Again, first and foremost, it's been a long time and he's still having issues. I can't predict what's going to happen here.