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Miami Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi Dominates in First Rehab Start

Miami Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi Dominates in First Rehab Start

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi dominated in his first rehab start of the season. There is no question the right-hander is inching closer to making his 2013 Major League Baseball debut.

Eovaldi gave up just one earned run on four hits in five innings as a member of Single-A Jupiter on Saturday night. The 23-year-old also managed to toss 64 pitches while he also threw as hard as 97 mph in the process. It was certainly an encouraging effort, as the Marlins have to be excited with what they saw.

Eovaldi has been on the 60-day disabled list with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Miami has been looking forward to his return as he is expected to play a big part in the starting rotation. The current starters have struggled mightily for the most part, as they rank towards the bottom in the National League in most categories. The slightest chance that Eovaldi could improve the team’s rotation is good enough for the Marlins.

The third year player posted a dismal 4-13 record with a 4.30 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 22 starts with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami last season. His numbers were actually worse as a member of the Marlins as he went 3-7 with a 4.43 ERA in 12 starts. With that being said, with a little run support, which is something Miami has struggled to do this season, Eovaldi could make a difference for the team over the next few months.

The Marlins are hoping Eovaldi will be able to make his debut sometime in mid-June.