Update: Dirk Hayhurst signs with the Rays

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UPDATE:  It’s official: Hayhurst has signed a minor league deal with the Rays.  We know this from a news release. We know it more colorfully from Hayhurt’s own tweet:

Why hello there, Tampa fans. My name is Dirk. My hobbies include writing, speaking, pretending to be a giant firebreathing giraffe/moose.

Oh, Fortuna, please let him make the team.

Thursday, 2:06 PM: Hurm. Rob’s tweet was taken down. Perchance this was premature exuberance.  Here’s hoping the best for Dirk regardless.

Thursday, 1:39 PMRob Neyer reports — and last night I’m pretty sure the man himself hinted — that Dirk Hayhurst of “Bullpen Gospels” fame is going to sign with the Rays. I’m hoping Hayhurst does well in Tampa Bay, makes the team and sticks in The Show for a while, because he’s an awesome guy.

But really, this may be more notable for its literary implications than anything else.  Hayhurst no doubt has another book in him. Friend of HBT Jonah Keri has a book about the Rays coming out very, very soon.  How awesome would it be if Hayhurst learns all kinds of neat things about the Rays from the inside and subsequently writes his own book about them, totally debunking what Jonah writes?  It would be the most awesome baseball nerd fight of all time.  I hereby proclaim HardballTalk as neutral territory where Dirk and Jonah can argue about it all.

Or maybe not.  Either way, good look Garfoose.

Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

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Awful news for the White Sox and reliever Danny Farquhar: the right-hander remains hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, per a team announcement on Saturday. He’s in stable but critical condition after sustaining a “ruptured aneurysm [that] caused the brain bleed” on Friday.

Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros. He regained consciousness shortly after the incident and was taken to RUSH University Medical Center, where he’s expected to continue treatment with Dr. Demetrius Lopez in the neurological ICU unit.

“It takes your breath away a little bit,” club manager Rick Renteria said following the game. “One of your guys is down there and you have no idea what’s going on. […] When one of your teammates or anybody you know has an episode, even if it’s not a teammate, something is going on, you realize everything else you keep in perspective. Everything has its place. It’s one of our guys, so we are glad he was conscious when he left here.”