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Welcome Dana Eveland to Sportsblog!

Give it up for my bud Dana Eveland.  Dana & I both were with the New York Mets last season.  He's on the Boston Red Sox now, & recently joined Sportsblog.  Here's his 1st post.

SportsBlog is a cool and interesting thing. I really don’t know exactly what to expect, but I’m excited to try something new.

I signed a minor league contract in late December/early January, I can’t remember exactly the day. And now we’re in the midst of Spring Training, which is going good so far. My first handful of times on the mound was kinda like I was starting all over again, just like it is for everybody every year, seems like. There were little bumps and bruises, didn’t really feel like I knew what I was doing out there, but I’ve cleaned it up the last few times out and I’ve thrown the ball pretty well.

The last 3 times I’ve pitched, I’ve come into a middle of an inning situation, which is something I actually enjoy doing more so than starting an inning. Warming up when you have too much time allows you to think a little bit too much as opposed to when you have to clean up someone else’s mess. Ya gotta get ready quick and you don’t’ have time to let your head get in the way.

This winter, teams called. Multiple teams called this offseason. Last season with the Mets, I finished the season injured and missed the last few weeks. At the end of the year, the Mets’ doctors said everything is going to be fine and that my elbow was clean. I just need to rest because it’s inflamed and if there was time left in the season I could come back no problem.

Going into the off-season, I thought that was the situation. Teams called, and they wanted to see my medical history and I said no problem. At the time I was feeling pretty good. My rehab was going well. So I gave multiple teams access to my medical history and those multiple teams came back with the same response: “We’d love to have you but your arm is…not real pretty.”

The results from the MRIs from last year and the notes from the doctors weren’t what they explained to me.

I was fortunate enough that the Boston Red Sox still showed interest in me. Instead of just looking at the records, they actually brought me in to have some new pictures taken and put their hands on me themselves to see what it actually feels like and also, get my opinion.

I flew out to Boston and the next day I signed. They said the new MRIs weren’t as ugly as the ones from last year when I was pitching every day and my arm was getting beat up. So obviously, that would be pretty ugly.

The Red Sox did the right thing and I really appreciate it. It’s nice to have a job.

I’m gonna pitch as long as I can. I’m going to do everything I can to spend as much time in the big leagues as I can over the next 5 or 6 years. I’m hoping I can grind it out that much longer.

I don’t try to set that many goals or have expectations of myself. I try to live my career one day at a time and do everything I can to stay healthy and not put too much emphasis on goals because I think I’ve just been known to let myself down when I try and do that. I feel like if I just go out there and take it one pitch at a time, life’s a lot easier.

By the way, I’m looking forward to reviewing the Avengers movie when it comes out in May. I’m a huge Marvel and DC nerd and Star Wars nerd, so if I can talk about the Avengers and all the nerdy movies, then I’m happy!

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