The Rays dealt ace left-hander David Price to the Tigers before this afternoon’s non-waiver trade deadline as part of a three-team trade with the Mariners. For some reason, FOX 13 in Tampa Bay thought it was a good idea to post the following awful tweet to cheer up Rays fans who are sad about sports. Or something.
Yes, because mocking poverty and squalid urban areas is pretty hilarious stuff. It’s especially ill-timed given the city’s current water crisis. Good job, guys.
With all of Twitter erupting, it didn’t take FOX 13 long to realize that the tweet in question was a really bad idea and just in poor taste in general. It has since been deleted. They issued this (lousy) apology:
FOX 2 in Detroit has since issued the following rebuttal, which pretty much rules:
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.