Someone’s gonna catch hell for this. The guild does not like it when spring training stories slip into the regular season. It just totally screws up the whole deal:
In Gavin Floyd’s estimation, he ran into trouble before he stepped on the mound last season.
During the day, Floyd would load up on carbohydrates and finish the day with “lots of deserts.”
“Everyone has a sweet tooth,” Floyd said.
Thanks to a more disciplined diet, Floyd dropped 25 pounds in the offseason, which he hopes will translate into pitching deep into the season and not suffer the hip problem he experienced at the end of 2009 because of excess weight.
That’s great and all, but what’s next? Guys “just gettin’ their work in” in July? Pitchers developing a new pitch in June? Team chemistry going into the dumper and managers getting fired in March? There’s a natural order to things, you know? To upset that is to invite chaos.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.