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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher | #26

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Supplemental (Rd. 0) / CIN
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Brad Boxberger is scheduled to play catch Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list June 1 with a strained left oblique.
He has essentially been shut down for the last three weeks. Boxberger missed the first two months of the 2016 season after undergoing core muscle surgery in February and then strained his oblique May 31 on the same side as that abdominal procedure. It's been a frustrating first half, and he probably won't be ready to pitch again for the Rays until sometime after the All-Star break. Jun 20 - 9:06 AM

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The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin wrote that "[the] Rays will have a better sense of a timetable [for Brad Boxberger (oblique)] after the first week or so."

Oblique injuries generally take 4-8 weeks to heal, meaning that Boxberger could be out of action until at least July, if not longer. His 2016 season has not been a particularly cheery affair. He missed the first eight weeks of the campaign after undergoing core muscle surgery in the spring, then returned on Tuesday only to be lifted again with the oblique injury. That it occurred on the same side as his surgery compounds matters.
Jun 1 - 7:43 PM

Rays placed RHP Brad Boxberger on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique injury.

Boxberger suffered the injury Tuesday in his 2016 debut. He had missed the first eight weeks of the season following core muscle surgery in the spring, and that surgery was on the same side of this new injury. Alex Colome suddenly looks like a lock to keep the Rays' ninth-inning job all season, assuming he continues to pitch well.
Jun 1 - 3:14 PM

Brad Boxberger has been diagnosed with a left side muscle strain.

Boxberger suffered the injury Tuesday in his season debut, while allowing a single and a two-run homer. He underwent core muscle surgery this spring and spent the first eight weeks of the season on the disabled list. A trip back to the DL seems probable, and Alex Colome suddenly has a very strong grip on Tampa Bay's closer gig.
May 31 - 11:03 PM

Brad Boxberger was removed from an appearance Tuesday with an apparent injury.

Boxberger just returned from core muscle surgery and appeared to be stretching his side several times in his short, rough outing Tuesday night against the Royals. It was actually his 2016 debut. The right-hander gave up a single to Eric Hosmer and a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales before leaving with a Tampa Bay trainer. Alex Colome's hold on the ninth-inning job just got much tighter.
May 31 - 10:43 PM

Rays activated RHP Brad Boxberger from the 15-day disabled list.

Rays skipper Kevin Cash has already announced that he'll ease Boxberger back into the ninth inning role, which he has the luxury of doing with Alex Colome pitching so well. It's likely that Boxberger will take over save duties within a week or so, but there's no exact timetable.
May 29 - 4:28 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that he would like to ease Brad Boxberger (abdomen) back into the closer role.

Boxberger will be activated from the disabled list on Monday, but it sounds like Alex Colome could stick in the ninth inning for a few more days. "(Boxberger) is going to get plenty of opportunities in the ninth inning," Cash said. "I don't know if it's the right thing to do to stick him in a 2-1 ball game the first time he comes out. If we can work him into some outings a little bit lower leverage, that would be ideal."
May 29 - 10:02 AM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) threw a scoreless inning Sunday in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger struck out two and yet needed only nine pitches to get through the frame. It was his fourth minor league rehab appearance, and his first time pitching on back-to-back days (he allowed two runs in an inning of work Saturday). The right-hander should be cleared to join the Rays' bullpen early this week and manager Kevin Cash has maintained that Boxberger will return immediately to the ninth-inning gig. That would push Alex Colome back to setup duty.
May 23 - 8:49 AM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) threw a scoreless frame Sunday in a rehab appearance for High-A Charlotte.

It was an eventful inning for Boxberger, who allowed one walk and one hit over 24 pitches. He also recorded a strikeout. Boxberger expects to make one more appearance for Charlotte before moving his rehab to Triple-A Durham. He should be back in the Rays' bullpen by the end of the month.
May 16 - 10:06 AM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will start a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with High-A Charlotte.

Boxberger threw 22 pitches during an extended spring training appearance Friday and reported feeling fine. Boxberger is working his way back from core muscle surgery in March. It's unclear how many minor league games he'll need to get into before being deemed ready to return, but he should be back in a Rays uniform before the calendar turns to June and he's expected to take over immediately as the team's closer.
May 14 - 8:22 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday that Brad Boxberger's (abdomen) next appearance could come on a rehab assignment.

Boxberger has made a few appearances in extended spring training without any issues. Making his way back from core muscle surgery, the reliever is poised to rejoin the Rays' bullpen before the end of the month. He'll immediately resume his closing duties.
May 13 - 4:59 PM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) allowed two hits and a walk while recording only two outs Thursday afternoon in an appearance at extended spring training.

But both of those outs were strikeouts, and the most important thing is he felt discomfort-free. Boxberger should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment sometime this weekend and could be back in the Rays' bullpen by the end of next week. (That's all speculative on our part). Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash did confirm three days ago that Boxberger will take over immediately at closer, pushing Alex Colome into a setup role.
May 12 - 1:34 PM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will throw an inning in an extended spring training game Thursday.

Boxberger was cleared for live game action after a positive checkup with team doctors on Tuesday afternoon. The right-hander will take over as the closer in Tampa Bay as soon as he is activated, manager Kevin Cash confirmed Monday. That should happen in 2-3 weeks. Alex Colome is 9-for-9 in save opportunities as the Rays' fill-in.
May 10 - 7:10 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Monday that Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will serve as the closer when he returns from the disabled list.

That was the assumption all along, but Alex Colome has been excellent in a fill-in capacity, posting a 2.08 ERA while going 9-for-9 in save chances. However, Cash envisions Colome shifting to a set-up role when Boxberger is ready. "He's handled it tremendously well," said Cash. "When Box gets back … when Box closes games out, Alex is still going to play a huge role. We're so fortunate that he has kind of taken to this role." Boxberger, who had core muscle surgery in March, is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday and should be back later this month.
May 10 - 8:42 AM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment next Thursday.

He'll work a pair of simulated appearances first -- one Friday and one Monday -- at the Rays' spring training complex in Port Charlotte, Florida. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Boxberger is probably going to be asked to make six minor league appearances before the Rays consider activating him from the disabled list. He's been out all season after undergoing core muscle surgery in mid-March. Alex Colome is serving as Tampa Bay's fill-in closer.
May 5 - 9:06 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Taylor Motter
3Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
3Jaff Decker
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Tyler Sturdevant
7Erasmo Ramirez
8Ryan Garton
9Danny Farquhar