Twins prospect Alex Meyer is a $63 a day substitute teacher

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Most ballplayers used to have offseason jobs. They had to, because unless you were a star, baseball salaries did not make ends meet. That’s not the case today, of course. Especially if you were a high draft pick who got a $2 million signing bonus. But don’t tell that to Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer, who spends his offseason substitute teaching for $63 a day.

That story can be read at the Indianapolis Star. In it we learn that he started doing it because he was “bored and had nothing to do,” so his mom — who works for the school system — suggested he do it. And whaddaya know, he likes it and plans on continuing to do it, even as he finds himself heading toward the major leagues.

(thanks to Jeremy E. for the heads up)

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.