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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher | #26

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will throw live batting practice late this week.
Boxberger threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will throw one more 'pen session early this week before being allowed to face hitters. He's not far off from a rehab assignment and is poised to return in mid-May. May 1 - 1:46 PM

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Brad Boxberger (abdomen) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

According to the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, Boxberger's bullpen consisted mostly of fastballs, with five or six changeups tossed into the mix. The 27-year-old right-hander is recovering from a mid-March core muscle surgery. He could rejoin the Rays by the middle of May if he doesn't hit any bumps in his rehab over the next few weeks.
Apr 27 - 4:06 PM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) has been cleared by his surgeon to begin intensive baseball activities.

Boxberger has already been throwing bullpen sessions and should be just about ready to face live hitters. The right-hander needed surgery on March 18 for a core muscle. He's on track for a mid-May activation date.
Apr 26 - 4:33 PM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) should advance to throwing off a half-mound this weekend.

Boxberger has been playing catch for two weeks without issue and is ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from March 18 core muscle surgery. The right-hander expects to join the Rays' bullpen around the middle of May. Alex Colome is 2-for-2 in save opportunities with a 1.35 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
Apr 21 - 9:11 AM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) will travel to Philadelphia on Monday for a four-week checkup.

Boxberger told reporters Wednesday that everything has gone according to plan so far in his rehabilitation from core muscle surgery and he's hoping to map out an exact recovery timetable with his surgeon on Monday in Philly. The right-hander is trending toward a mid-May season debut. Alex Colome is the best bet for saves right now in Tampa Bay, though he hasn't even had one opportunity yet.
Apr 14 - 9:06 AM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) played catch for the second time on Sunday,

Boxberger is nearly three weeks removed from core muscle surgery and hopes to begin throwing from a mound soon. If all goes according to plan, he should be able to join the Rays' bullpen by mid-May. "Feeling stronger and stronger every day," said Boxberger. "Feeling better each day, so the progression is going well. So we're on target for where we ought to be right now." The Rays will rely on a committee at closer during his absence, with Alex Colome likely first in line.
Apr 4 - 10:03 PM

Rays placed RHP Brad Boxberger on the 15-day disabled list.

Boxberger underwent core muscle surgery in mid-March. The Rays closer isn't expected to be ready to rejoin the bullpen until mid-May. It sounds like there will be a closer by committee of sorts in Tampa Bay until he returns. Manager Kevin Cash also announced Saturday that Erasmo Ramirez will be a full-time member of the bullpen until Boxberger returns.
Apr 2 - 1:01 PM

Brad Boxberger (abdomen) has resumed light throwing.

Boxberger had core muscle surgery a week ago. The Rays' closer remains hopeful of re-joining the Rays' bullpen in early- to mid-May.
Mar 25 - 1:10 PM

Brad Boxberger will be sidelined for eight weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said that it was just a nagging injury situation with Boxberger rather than one incident that caused the ailment. The skipper added that the closer job would be filled internally, although Cash won't name a ninth-inning man going into the season. Alex Colome and Danny Farquhar would figure to get the first cracks at the job.
Mar 18 - 9:45 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays "have picked up the pace" in trade talks regarding their pitchers.

There's a long list of a possibilities, as relievers Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee have been on the block all winter and every starter outside of Chris Archer is available. This means that Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, Erasmo Ramirez, and even Alex Cobb (recovering from Tommy John surgery) could be had in the right deal. This could be the right time for the Rays to strike, as there's not much left in the free agent market for starters and relievers.
Jan 13 - 9:29 AM

According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rays are "determined" to trade Brad Boxberger and it will be a "surprise" if they don't.

Bowden adds that the Rays feel his trade value "will never be higher" after collecting 41 saves this past season. Ideally, the Rays would use Boxberger to acquire a hitter, though his mediocre 3.71 ERA could limit outside interest. Bowden lists the Astros, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles, Tigers and Yankees as potential fits for Boxberger.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 10:58:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Dodgers, Nationals, and Diamondbacks are among the teams expressing interest in Rays relievers Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee.

Detroit and Houston are also believed to be in the mix. There isn't a ton of reliable bullpen help available on the free agent market this winter, so teams are trying to get creative. And that could work out nicely for the Rays, who are always open to wheeling and dealing if its going to bring back young, cost-controlled talent. Boxberger led the American League in saves this year with 41 and McGee owns a 2.07 ERA in 108 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2014 season.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Brad Boxberger picked up his 40th save despite allowing a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Marlins.

He's been great for his fantasy owners, but Boxberger was a much better pitcher last year, when he finished with two saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. Right now, he has a 3.77 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP to go along with all of the saves.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Brad Boxberger preserved the Rays' 4-2 win over the Marlins with a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his 39th save in the process.

Boxberger struck out Derek Dietrich, got J.T. Realmuto to fly out, and induced a game-ending ground out from Ichiro Suzuki. The closer is now 39-for-45 in save chances with a 3.69 ERA and a 73/32 K/BB ratio over 61 innings.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:50:00 PM

Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth inning, claiming his 36th save in Tuesday's 5-2 win versus the Red Sox.

Boxberger had allowed runs in each of his previous two outings, continuing a poor second half. Things started off poorly, as he issued a leadoff walk, but he bounced back to get Rusney Castillo to strike out before registering back-to-back strikeouts of Blake Swihart and Deven Marrero. Boxberger is now 36-for-42 in save chances with a 3.84 ERA and a 72/31 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 10:06:00 PM

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C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2Steve Pearce
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Alex Colome
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Steve Geltz
7Dana Eveland
8Jhan Marinez