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Yankees lose Nathan Eovaldi for at least two weeks

New York Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, center, and

New York Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, center, and teammates watch the home run hit by New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Yankees won Monday, which they've done quite a bit of lately, but lost a pitcher.

After the Yankees downed the Orioles, 8-6, at the Stadium came the news that righthander Nathan Eovaldi, the club's most consistent pitcher since mid-June, will be shut down for at least the next two weeks with right elbow inflammation.

WFAN radio first reported the news early Monday night and the Yankees later confirmed it.

In a release, the club said Eovaldi was evaluated earlier in the day by team physician Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and that a subsequent MRI revealed the inflammation.

Eovaldi, who was scheduled to start Friday against Toronto, is 14-3 with a 4.20 ERA but 9-1 with a 3.43 ERA since June 20. He leads the Yankees in victories, innings (1541/3) and starts (27).

It was not immediately clear when Eovaldi, whose fastball consistently is clocked in the range of 98 to 100 mph, told the Yankees his elbow was bothering him. General manager Brian Cashman did not immediately return a call for comment.

In Eovaldi's last outing Saturday against Tampa Bay, he suffered his first defeat since June 16 when he allowed three runs in 51/3 innings in a 3-2 loss. He walked four, his most walks in a game since walking that many June 5 against Anaheim, but did not complain, at least publicly, of any pain or discomfort.

With CC Sabathia scheduled to come off the disabled list Wednesday and start against the Orioles, the Yankees -- currently four games into a stretch of 13 straight games and a half-game behind the AL East-leading Blue Jays -- had been planning to use a six-man rotation to give each starter some extra rest. For now, they are back to five starting Tuesday night, when Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound against the Orioles.

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