Remember Brian Cashman’s silly comments on Saturday about Pedro Feliciano being “abused” during his time with the Mets? They were quickly answered by Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who said something to the effect of, “duh, obviously.”
Well, Feliciano spoke with Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York earlier today and told him that he didn’t appreciate Warthen’s comments.
“They said they didn’t sign me because [they knew] I’m going to blow up this year,” Feliciano said. “That hurts because I like Dan. But I will come out from this injury and I will be telling him there is still a lot of Feliciano to go.”
“Asked if he had called his former pitching coach to discuss his statements, Feliciano said, “No, no, no. No, no, no. I don’t got his number or nothing. I will show him in the Subway Series when I strike out Ike Davis, and when I jump up and down on the mound I’ll be like, ‘That’s for you.'”
The first “Subway Series” interleague matchup between the Mets and Yankees is on May 20. Hopefully Feliciano is back from the disabled list by then.
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.