The Rays are more likely to place outfielders Manuel Margot spirit Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day injured record, supervisor Kevin Money instructed reporters (together with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Occasions). Each gamers made early exits from tonight’s loss to the Yankees, and Margot specifically appears to be going through an prolonged absence.
Margot needed to be carted off the sector within the prime of the ninth inning. Taking part in proper subject, he leaped into the wall in pursuit of an Aaron Hicks fly ball. He landed awkwardly on his proper knee after the collision and needed to be carted off the sector. Money mentioned after the sport he is been recognized with a knee sprain and ominously famous “it doesn’t look good. ”
Kiermaier, in the meantime, departed after the second inning. The staff later introduced he was coping with irritation in his left hip, and that problem will apparently require he miss at the very least every week and a half. It marked the second time in 5 days that Kiermaier needed to make an early exit, and whereas his newest problem is totally different than the Achilles irritation that pressured his departure final Wednesday, it will result in an absence of some type.
Evidently, the lack of a few common outfielders will pressure Tampa Bay to dip into its depth. Randy Arozarena has began at designated hitter in every of the previous two nights, however he’ll now head again to left subject on a roughly on a regular basis foundation. Extremely-regarded rookie Josh Lowe was recalled earlier than tonight’s recreation after a six-week stint in Triple-A Durham. He figures to imagine common reps in both middle or proper subject, but it surely stays to be seen how a lot of an offensive influence he’ll make. The 24-year-old has solely a .179 / .257 / .328 line by means of his first 75 MLB plate appearances; he posted massive numbers with the Bulls but in addition struck out at an alarming 31.2% fee within the minors.
Tampa Bay has a pair of out-of-options backup outfielders on the lively roster in Brett Phillips spirit Harold Ramirez. Each gamers might assume bigger roles with Margot and Kiermaier out, however every would in all probability be miscast as an on a regular basis participant. Phillips is a wonderful defender however is hitting .172 / .238 / .291 with a 41.6% strikeout fee. Ramírez is performing on the plate (.297 / .337 / .386) however has rated as a properly below-average defender all through his profession.
The Rays might flip to a free platoon association between the left-handed hitting Phillips and the righty-swinging Ramírez in proper subject with Lowe taking part in middle, notably in the event that they anticipate Kiermaier’s absence being on the shorter facet. Kinds Dodger Luke Raley is on the 40-man roster and hitting properly in Durham, and he may very well be recalled so as to add some offense-first bench depth. It appears possible the membership will at the very least poke round the marketplace for potential exterior additions, although, contemplating the quantity of uncertainty with every of Lowe, Phillips, Ramirez and Raley.
It has been a tough stretch for the Rays, who’ve been with out their main center infield of Brandon Lowe spirit Wander Franco and their # 1 backstop Mike Zunino for weeks. The losses of Margot and Kiermaier will go away the membership with out 5 of their common place gamers, and it is little shock the staff has sputtered of late. Tampa Bay has dropped six of their previous seven video games to fall to 36-31. They now sit a half-game again of the Crimson Sox for the ultimate Wild Card spot within the American League.
The tough damage information was not restricted to what occurred tonight, as Money additionally supplied a discouraging replace on reliever Nick Anderson pregame. The fitting-hander has been on the IL all season after present process a UCL brace process final October. His preliminary restoration timeline prompt a doable return across the All-Star Break, however Money mentioned he nonetheless feels elbow discomfort and can go for additional analysis tomorrow (Topkin hyperlink). Extra will clearly be identified within the coming days, but it surely appears unlikely the 31-year-old might be again on a significant league mound within the close to future.