After eating his way out of a starting job last season Pablo Sandoval has shed 20-30 pounds this winter, posting a picture of his slimmed-down self over the weekend that shows him looking like a new man.
That led to a bunch of his Twitter followers asking Sandoval how he lost the weight, so he posted the following dieting tips:
Many fallowers asking me obout the diet…here we go! low carbohydrate and high protein, small quantities, 5 times a day…and trainning 6 days for week
I didn’t edit any of the spelling, because that’s part of Sandoval’s charm on Twitter. He’s been responding to messages from fans while thanking them for being “a great inspiration to keep it up and trainning hard.”
As a fat guy who’s lost 50-plus pounds several times during the past five years only to gain it all back each time, I’m definitely rooting for Sandoval. He’s too talented and too amusing to let food ruin his career.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.