Ian Krol, who posts on Twitter under @KingKrol9, was suspended indefinitely by the A’s on Sunday after an offensive tweet.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reports that the tweet, since deleted, included a “gay slur along with some other offensive language.”
Krol had all of 90 twitter followers prior to the announcement, but the A’s were obviously keeping tabs on him. Some of the gems people were missing out on:
March 10: I’m the king, and I be smokin’
March 13: Man I feel like moneyyy
March 19: The moon’s on steriods #Supermoon…Wisconsin #WINNING…
Krol, 20, was a seventh-round pick in 2009 even though he was suspended for his senior year of high school for an alcohol-related offense. He went 9-4 with a 2.65 ERA at low-A Kane County last season. He missed the start of this season because of an elbow injury, but he resumed pitching in the Arizona League at the end of last month and he had thrown five hitless innings to date.
Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.
Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.
The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.