Late Nite Ballplayer Twitter

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I don’t follow too many ballplayers on Twitter because most ballplayer Twitter accounts are uninteresting. But I follow a couple and, occasionally, some are retweeted into my timeline. Occasionally, late in the night, some of them will tweet funny and/or interesting things about that night’s game. Two made me chuckle in the wee hours this morning:

 

I feel like maybe we’re in some fleeting sweet spot where ballplayers, so thoroughly conditioned to say nothing interesting to beat reporters in the clubhouse, will still show a little personality on social media. That door will likely close soon too as agents and team PR officials take greater control over that aspect of the game. Or when some ballplayer says something that crosses a line and gets himself released or something.

Also: we’re really not making a big enough deal about the fact that Jeremy Guthrie calls himself “JGuts.”

Until then, viva ballplayers with personalities.

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.