Remember when comedian Dennis Leary made everyone uncomfortable on TV a few years back because he assumed that Kevin Youkilis was Greek and then, when told he was Jewish, went on and on — maybe on a bit too much — about how awesome it was that the Red Sox’ first baseman was Jewish?
Well, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has a story up about Youkilis’ family history, and it explains why, exactly, he has that Greek-sounding name. The short answer: it was supposed to be a Greek-sounding name for purposes of security and deception.
Read the story, but know this much: if it wasn’t for that unique family history, Sox fans would have shouted “Weeeeeiiiiineeerrr” when he came up to bat these past few years.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.