There's no question what kind of physical shape Rays pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is in as he works his way back to the majors after a second Tommy John surgery. "He comes from the Nolan Ryan school of baseball – you run hard, you lift hard, you throw hard," Rays top starter Chris Archer said admiringly. "He has endurance, he has strength, he has speed. He can outlift me and he can outrun me for the most part. I've been playing a long time counting the minors, and I've never met somebody who can do both better than me." But there is a question of how well Eovaldi will pitch. He looked sharp Sunday, working two solid innings against his former Yankees mates in his second spring outing, hitting 100 mph from the start and allowing two hits but no runs while throwing 28 pitches. "I feel good," Eovaldi said. "I feel strong. I just want to go out there and compete, and that's what I was able to do today." But the test will be how Eovaldi, 28, holds up over the next seven months, given that only a half-dozen pitchers have come back from two TJs to start more than a handful of games. "We're going to be really smart with his workload out of the gate," manager Kevin Cash said. "Him sitting back and watching last year, I think it helped him as a pitcher, and what he wanted to do when he got back. "You'll see a little more mix to his repertoire and he'll alter his delivery a little bit more. He's so athletic and physical on the mound, that's not an easy thing to do. And it seems like he's doing it well."
Returning from second TJ surgery would be one impressive feat for Eovaldi
Tampa Bay Times | Mar 5