Nathan Eovaldi’s banishment to the bullpen lasted not quite two weeks.
And it cost the struggling righthander only one start.
Joe Girardi announced Friday that Eovaldi, 6-6 with a 5.54 ERA in 16 starts this season before being skipped in favor of rookie Chad Green on July 8 in Cleveland, will start Tuesday against the Orioles (Ivan Nova will pitch Monday).
Eovaldi pitched 1 1⁄3 innings of relief against the Red Sox in the seventh and eighth Friday night and has allowed no runs, three hits and five walks in 7 2⁄3 innings in three relief appearances. He was most impressive Sunday afternoon in Cleveland when, after replacing Masahiro Tanaka, he threw 4 1⁄3 innings to preserve an 11-7 victory.
“I liked what he did on Sunday,” Girardi said. “I thought his split was more consistent. And I told you all along, we looked at him as a starter.”
At times in his Yankees tenure, he has shown spurts of front-end-of-the-rotation stuff, and at other times, not so much. “Evo has pitched well for us,” Girardi said. “The second half of last year, the last 2 ½ months, he had a good month-and-a-half [this season], and we want to try and get him back on track because he’s a guy that can give you distance.”
Less than fair to middlin’
In ticking off things the Yankees need to do better to make a second-half run, Girardi mentioned his bullpen beyond Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. Pitchers such as Johnny Barbato, Kirby Yates, Chasen Shreve and Nick Goody have failed to provide middle-inning consistency. “The bullpen besides the last three guys [needs to pitch better], where they hold scores close where we’re losing, which allows us to come back and win games,” he said. “That becomes very important.”