If you’re on Twitter and you have a good sense of humor you should be following Rob Delaney, a stand-up comedian who frequently tweets funny and, I dunno, let’s call them lewd jokes. He’s great.
Anyway, the other day Delaney tweeted at the Dodgers’ official Twitter account asking if he could sing the National Anthem at an upcoming game and they actually said yes. So he’s scheduled to do so this Friday night before the game against the Brewers.
Delaney is a Red Sox fan and has sung the National Anthem before MLB games multiple times, including at Fenway Park, so he’s going to take it seriously and it probably won’t even be at all funny, but still. I’m hoping he somehow meets Vin Scully and they become best friends or something.
MLB.com has a full rundown of how the whole thing went down, with guest appearances by Andy Richter and a falcon.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.