Nathan Eovaldi recovered well from his first Tommy John surgery as a 17-year-old but another tough rehab awaits the now 26-year-old Yankees pitcher after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery Friday.
In addition to having his partially-torn UCL repaired in his throwing arm, Eovaldi also underwent surgery on his right flexor tendon, the Yankees announced.
Faced with a tough road back to the big leagues, Eovaldi will likely have to do it as a free agent, considering he is in his final year of his contract with the Yankees. He is eligible for arbitration after this season, but the Yankees will now almost certainly non-tender him.
This season, his second with the Yankees, Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 21 starts. He is 38-46 in his career with a 4.21 ERA. He was acquired in a 2014 trade with the Marlins in exchange for Martin Prado.
Unfortunately, the earliest Eovaldi will be back in an MLB uniform is 2018.
Omnisport's Joe Rodgers also contributed to this story