Comeback complete: Edmonds makes Brewers

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After sitting out all of last season Jim Edmonds has successfully completed his comeback, with the Brewers adding him to the roster prior to the “out” clause in his minor-league contract kicking in today.
Edmonds is certainly no longer an impact player, but as a minimum-salaried backup the 39-year-old seems capable of being a solid contributor. He posted a robust .883 OPS against right-handed pitching in 2008 and can back up all three outfield spots in addition to first base, although Jody Gerut could do more or less the same thing. Edmonds is 10-for-35 (.286) with a homer and nine RBIs this spring.
In a related move the Brewers placed Mat Gamel on the disabled list with a torn right latissimus dorsi in his shoulder that’s expected to keep him out for at least the first month of the season. Once healthy he seems likely to start out at Triple-A, although that could change if Casey McGehee struggles at third base in Milwaukee after surprising everyone as a rookie.

Nathan Eovaldi to make 2018 debut for Rays soon

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Rays manager Kevin Cash said that pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will join the starting rotation on Monday or Tuesday to face the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Eovaldi’s rehab outing with Triple-A Durham went well, even though he gave up eight runs in four innings.

Eovaldi, 28, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery in March to remove loose bodies in his elbow. It’s been a long road back. Knowing Eovaldi needed to recover from surgery, the Rays signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in 2017 that included a $2 million club option for 2018 that they exercised last November.

When Eovaldi last pitched, he ranked among baseball’s hardest throwers, particularly among starters. He averaged 97.1 MPH on his fastball in 2016. Among starters who racked up at least 100 innings that season, only the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard had a higher average velocity (97.9 MPH). It remains to be seen if he still has that velocity after undergoing two procedures on his elbow.

The Rays will be glad to have Eovaldi back. The club has sustained injuries to Jake Faria, Yonny Chirinos, and Jose De Leon.