The fading Boston Red Sox have returned right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the starting rotation after a failed stint in the bullpen, manager Alex Cora told reporters Tuesday.

Cora said that Eovaldi, who began the season as a starter before missing three months with an elbow injury, is the team's planned starter Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians unless the veteran is needed in relief on Tuesday.

Eovaldi, 29, is 0-0 with a 6.25 ERA in 13 appearances (four starts) this season while allowing a career-worst average of 10.5 hits per nine innings.

The third-place Red Sox entered Tuesday having lost three consecutive games and 12 of their past 15 in falling to 17 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East. Boston trailed division rival Tampa Bay by 8 1/2 games in the AL wild-card chase.

The Red Sox pitching staff has gotten progressively worse over each of the past few months, falling off from a 3.82 ERA in May to a 5.89 ERA while going 3-9 in August thus far.

Pitching in his eighth season, Eovaldi is in the first of a four-year deal he signed with Boston in the offseason. He was 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) in 2018, including a 3-3 mark with a 3.33 ERA after being acquired by Boston from Tampa Bay in late July, helping the Red Sox to a World Series title.

Eovaldi is 44-53 with a 4.24 ERA in 169 major league appearances (152 starts) for the Dodgers (2011-12), Miami Marlins (2012-14), New York Yankees (2015-16), Rays (2018) and Red Sox (2018-19). He missed the 2017 season while recuperating from Tommy John surgery.

--Field Level Media

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