Nathan Eovaldi To Return To Rotation?

The last time Nathan Eovaldi was on the Dodger Stadium mound it wa April 4, 2012 in the Freeway Series vs. the Angels.

The Dodgers have made no official announcement yet, but Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that righthander Nathan Eovaldi is being recalled from AA Chattanooga to make his 2012 Los Angeles debut Tuesday night, replacing Ted Lilly in the rotation. Baxter quotes the Lookouts pitching coach Chuck Crim as his source.

In Lilly's last start, he suffered his worst outing of the season, lasting only 3 1/3 innings while yielding eight runs and nine hits. Lilly reportedly has a shoulder injury per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, but the extent of the injury and whether or not surgery will be needed is unknown.

Eovaldi's last scheduled start was Saturday, but rumors began to swirl when his appearance was abbreviated. He struck out the side in his one inning of relief work. When asked if the change in Eovaldi's outing was related to his major league roster, manager Don Mattingly on Sunday said, "I guess it could be," but declined to address anything specific.

The Dodgers currently have eight players on the disabled list.

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