Cole Garner ejected despite correctly arguing umpire’s ruling

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Brewers Minor Leaguer Cole Garner, playing for Triple-A Nashville was ejected from last night’s game against the Round Rock Express for arguing with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Garner had hit himself on the foot after swinging and the ball rolled into fair territory. Reyburn didn’t know, so he ruled that the ball was live and Garner was out on the play.

Garner argued with Reyburn, who ejected the outfielder from the game. The rest is sad comedy. Via Tom Haudricourt:

Nashville manager Mike Guerrero asked Reyburn to get help from the other umpires and after a group discussion they ruled the ball foul. But, because Garner had been ejected, Hainley Statia batted for him with a 1-2 count and struck out two pitches later – a strikeout that went on Garner’s totals.

So, Garner was correct in his argument that the ball was foul but was ejected and also charged with a strikeout in absentia.

Nathan Eovaldi to make 2018 debut for Rays soon

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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.