Dodgers pitching prospect Nathan Eovaldi was pulled from his start in Double A Chattanooga Thursday night after just one inning against the Birmingham Barons. Eovaldi allowed a hit and started a 1-6-3 double play in the top of the first, then finished his inning with a strikeout. But that was all for Eovaldi, who is the sixth starter on the Dodgers depth chart.
Lookouts beat writer Tyler Brown tweeted that word from the clubhouse was that it was a "scheduled thing," but also noted manager Carlos Subero wasn't sure of the reason, or at least wasn't told so by the time the game ended. "We dont know yet. Hopefully he'll be ready to go the next time," Subero said.
A source confirmed Eovaldi is healthy and was pulled for non-injury reasons.
As of now, we don't know of an injury on the Dodgers, and this could just be a scheduled short start for Eovaldi, something the Dodgers have done occasionally with their top prospects to limit their innings. Eovaldi, who turned 22 in February, pitched 138 innings last season.
Ted Lilly is scheduled to start Friday for the Dodgers in Houston in the first game of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. Lilly began the season on the disabled list after a neck strain caused him to miss two spring training starts. Lilly reported no pain in his neck after his first start of the regular season, when he allowed just one unearned run in seven innings in a win Saturday night against the San Diego Padres.
Is there a roster move in the works with Eovaldi? We could find out as soon as tomorrow.