Greg Dobbs has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring, jeopardizing the veteran bench player’s odds of beginning the season on the Marlins’ active roster.
Dobbs re-signed with the Marlins in January, getting $3 million for two seasons after hitting .275 with eight homers and a .701 OPS in 439 plate appearances last year.
Dobbs had never even gotten 400 plate appearances before, but was pushed into extended action at third base. He won’t see nearly as much playing time this season with Hanley Ramirez atop the depth chart, but manager Ozzie Guillen told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the 33-year-old Dobbs could potentially be back in the lineup next week.
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.