The Pirates have laid an egg in the past month, and on Saturday owner Bob Nutting was expansive about the depth of his disappointment in the team:
Pirates owner Bob Nutting on Saturday called his team’s second-half collapse “incredibly, intensely frustrating” and vowed to do what’s necessary to prevent another.
“We’re all frustrated by and upset with the performance and seriously looking at what do we need to do both to finish the year appropriately and make sure this isn’t something we ever see again,” Nutting said.
But he went on to add that speculating on people’s jobs is not appropriate. General Manager Neal Huntington was more to the point about Clint Hurdle’s job:
General manager Neal Huntington responded with a terse “No” when asked whether manager Clint Hurdle’s job is in jeopardy.
I don’t think Clint Hurdle is the best manager in all of creation, but I also don’t see how this is somehow all his fault either. The Pirates’ swoon has been a total team effort.
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.