Mike Krukow thinks Pablo Sandoval has an eating disorder


Pablo Sandoval has endured two days of armchair trainers in the media, so why not an armchair psychiatrist?

That psychiatrist would be Mike Krukow, broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants, who appeared on San Francisco’s KNBR 680 yesterday when the topic of former Giant Pablo Sandoval came up. Krukow was clinically specific in his diagnosis of the Red Sox third baseman:

“He’s just one of those people that you want to be around. And it’s unfortunate. I mean, he has an eating disorder. It’s plain and simple. He can’t control himself.”

Krukow went on to give a lot of legitimate observations about the kind of guy Sandoval is — people like him and like to be around him — and, I think, correctly handicapped how the environment in Boston will be negative for Sandoval. He likewise noted that, whatever the public statements were from the Giants brass about Sandoval, they were always on him in private about his conditioning. It was useful insight.

But I would like to see fewer members of the media giving a casual diagnosis of someone as having a serious disorder. Because (a) none of them know Sandoval well enough to do that; (b) by blithely tossing around terms like “eating disorder” with respect to a big person, one tacitly stigmatizes every big person as having an eating disorder; and (c) one simultaneously diminishes the gravity and seriousness of people who do, in fact, have them.

I’d prefer it if psychiatrists not talk about ideal lineup construction or try to explain how to properly set up a hitter for a changeup by first establishing a fastball. I’d also prefer ex-player/broadcasters to not get in the business of psychological diagnosis.

(Via CSN Bay Area)

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.