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The Yankees’ rickety chances of making a postseason run incurred two staggering body blows on Tuesday.
First, starter Nathan Eovaldi announced before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays that he expected to miss 14 to 18 months after having sustained two injuries in his right elbow — a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, which will require Tommy John surgery, and the flexor tendon’s shearing away off the bone.
Then the Yankees squandered a six-run lead and fell to the Blue Jays, 12-6, at Yankee Stadium.
After Toronto clawed back with four runs in the sixth inning, Edwin Encarnacion tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth. Russell Martin added his second home run of the night, a soaring blast over the right-field wall that also drove in Troy Tulowitzki, and put the Blue Jays ahead, 8-6. Toronto added four more runs before the inning concluded.
Which catastrophe was more debilitating to the Yankees’ morale is debatable.
Eovaldi, a hard-throwing pitcher with an awkward delivery and a history of elbow trouble, departed from the Yankees’ game at Fenway Park last Wednesday after only 12 pitches. The reason cited was ominous: “Elbow discomfort.”