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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. 1) / CIN
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Brad Boxberger (lat) will take a week off from throwing and then build back up.
Boxberger has been bothered by a lat issue for much of spring training and still can't get over the hump with the injury. He'll try a different approach with the hope that one full week of rest might do the trick. The right-handed setup man is aiming to join the Rays' bullpen sometime in mid-to-late April. He will open the 2017 regular season on the 10-day disabled list. Mar 23 - 9:45 AM

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Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday that it's "very difficult" to see Brad Boxberger (lat) being ready for Opening Day.

Boxberger is still apparently having issues with his lat muscle. He threw live batting practice over the weekend in Rays camp but told reporters afterward that his timing felt off. The right-hander is probably looking at a backdated 15-day disabled list stint to open the 2017 regular season.
Mar 20 - 9:45 AM

Brad Boxberger (lat) threw live batting practice without any issue on Saturday.

Boxberger said afterwards that while his timing was a little off, he felt good and healthy. The right-hander continues to make progress in his recovery and is expected to pitch in a minor league game as soon as Tuesday.
Mar 18 - 10:14 AM

Brad Boxberger (lat) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Saturday.

He threw a bullpen on Monday without any issues and if all goes well with Saturday's session, he'll be cleared for a minor league game as early as Tuesday. It sounds as though the right-hander will be ready for Opening Day, where he'll serve as the primary setup man in front of closer Alex Colome.
Mar 17 - 9:59 AM

Brad Boxberger (lat) said Monday's bullpen session went well.

Boxberger recently suffered a setback with his lat, but it's a good sign that he's already throwing bullpen sessions again. He has another one scheduled for Wednesday. While there's no set date for his spring debut, he continues to say that he'll "definitely" be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 14 - 8:38 AM

Brad Boxberger (lat) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2017 regular season.

Boxberger had a minor setback with his lat five days ago, but he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday in Rays camp. "I'll definitely be ready April 2," the right-hander told reporters Monday morning.
Mar 13 - 9:08 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Brad Boxberger "had a little bit of a setback" with his lat.

Cash said Tuesday that there was no set date for Boxberger to make his spring debut and now we have a little bit more context about why. For the time being, Cash is saying that he's "not overly concerned" about the matter, but the longer he goes without pitching, the less likely he'll be ready for the start of the season. Boxberger lost his closer job last season while being limited to just 27 appearances due to injury.
Mar 8 - 3:15 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that there's no set date for Brad Boxberger to make his spring debut.

The Rays are more focused on a plan to keep Boxberger strong in preparation for the season. He ultimately shouldn't need much game action to get ready. Boxberger was limited to just 27 appearances last year due to injury while posting a 4.81 ERA.
Mar 7 - 1:00 PM

Rays and RHP Brad Boxberger avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

Boxberger had an awful 2016 both from an injury and performance perspective, but at least he still gets a nice little raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll set up for Alex Colome in 2017.
Jan 13 - 5:27 PM

Brad Boxberger struck out the side in the 11th and picked up a win Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Boxberger has yet to allow a run in 10 innings since coming off the disabled list on July 29. There's little chance of his overtaking Alex Colome to regain the closer's role this year, but he's giving the Rays a nice one-two punch at the end of games.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 11:12:00 PM

Brad Boxberger was awarded a win after throwing a scoreless eighth inning Thursday against the Royals.

Boxberger has pitched three scoreless innings since coming off the disabled list on July 29. He doesn't appear to be an immediate threat to Alex Colome's closing gig, but he could capitalize if Colome stumbles at any point.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 03:24:00 PM

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

Boxberger has been limited to just one appearance this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries. He could see some save chances down the stretch if the Rays trade Alex Colome.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 03:31:00 PM

Brad Boxberger made his second appearance in as many days Wednesday with High-A Charlotte.

Boxberger faced two batters, walking one and striking out the other. He is on track to rejoin the Rays' bullpen on Friday after missing nearly two full months with a left oblique strain. Boxberger also had an abdominal injury before that and has been limited to just one appearance this season at the major league level.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 08:01:00 AM

Brad Boxberger (oblique) will not be activated from the disabled list before Friday.

Boxberger has allowed two runs in three innings on his minor league rehab assignment, and he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days. That is scheduled to happen this week, with the Rays likely hoping to see better results. Boxberger has been limited to one appearance at the major league level this season because of oblique and abdominal issues.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 06:03:00 AM

Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make another rehab appearance Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

Boxberger allowed a solo home run in his rehab debut Monday with Charlotte, but he retried the other three batters he faced and Rays manager Kevin Cash offered a good report on the right-hander Tuesday evening. Boxberger has made just one appearance at the major league level this season due to abdominal and oblique injuries, so the Rays are probably going to ease him back.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 07:41:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Derek Norris
3Jesus Sucre
4Curt Casali
5Luke Maile
1B1Logan Morrison
2Nick Franklin
2B1Brad Miller
2Ryan Brett
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Steven Souza
2Jason Coats
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Chase Whitley
7Austin Pruitt
8Jaime Schultz
9Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Shawn Tolleson
7Ryan Garton
8Kevin Gadea
9Tommy Hunter
10Jumbo Diaz
11Justin Marks
12Cory Rasmus
13Diego Moreno