Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will have Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL and flexor tendon in his pitching arm, he told reporters Tuesday. The surgery will likely keep him out until 2018.
Eovaldi left his last start after just one inning and was placed on the disabled list. He had a 4.76 ERA and 1.307 WHIP in 24 games this season and allowed a career-high 23 home runs in 124 2/3 innings.
He was moved to the bullpen briefly earlier this season but returned to the rotation after three relief appearances.
Eovaldi will be a free agent after the 2017 season, making it unlikely the Yankees tender him a contract after this season.
Eovaldi pitched two seasons for the Yankees after being acquired in a trade with the Marlins.