Dave Stewart said Touki Toussaint doesn’t throw 96. That’s true! He throws 98.

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Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart took a lot of heat when he traded highly-regarded 2014 first round pick Touki Toussaint to the Atlanta Braves, basically for cash. At the time he tried to brush off the criticism by saying “. . . guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”

Against that backdrop, Ken Rosenthal dropped this in his notes column last night:

“Toussaint touched 98 in his most recent start for the Braves’ Class-A Rome affiliate on Saturday night, pitching five scoreless innings.”

Technically speaking 98 is not 96, so Stewart could still be right!

Andrew Joseph of Azcentral.com has more background on Toussaint’s couple of appearances in the Braves system, as well as some good backfill from Nick Piecoro from the time of the trade in which Piecoro reported that many others around baseball disagreed with Stewart’s assessment of his own prospect.

There are guys who check stuff these days, Dave. So better to be vague.

Nathan Eovaldi to undergo surgery to remove loose bodies in elbow

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi will undergo surgery on his right elbow to remove loose bodies. Rosenthal notes that Eovaldi had a similar procedure done last year while he was with the Rays and missed two months. The general timetable is between one and two months.

Eovaldi, 29, went on the 10-day injured list on Saturday. Through four starts, the right-hander owns a 6.00 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 11 walks in 21 innings. This is certainly not what the Red Sox envisioned when they inked him to a four-year, $68 million contract in December.

The Red Sox recalled pitcher Bobby Poyner from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Eovaldi’s spot on the active roster.