Player News - Rays

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Kevin Kiermaier underwent surgery Tuesday to repair two fractures in his left hand.

Kiermaier broke two metacarpal bones in his glove hand Saturday while trying to rob James McCann of a hit and is expected to be sidelined for the next 8-10 weeks. Mikie Mahtook started in center field on Monday night and Brandon Guyer drew the nod there Tuesday afternoon. Tampa Bay can feature a number of different looks, but Kiermaier is one of the best defenders in baseball at any position. It's a huge loss.

Jake Odorizzi tossed five scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Odorizzi gave up just two hits, but walked three and struck out seven, so he needed 107 pitches to get through five innings. After going winless through his first eight turns, Odorizzi has now won back-to-back starts. He’ll bring a 3.46 ERA into a matchup against the Yankees on Sunday.
May 24 - 3:40 PM

Alex Colome notched a six-out save Tuesday against the Marlins.

It was his first six-out save. Colome entered the game with two on and nobody out in the eighth inning. He induced a double-play grounder before giving up an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria, but got Miguel Rojas to fly out to center field to end the threat. He then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, which included a pair of strikeouts. Colome has done an excellent job in the closer role for Tampa Bay, posting a 1.29 ERA and 28/4 K/BB ratio in 21 innings while going 12-for-12 in save chances. Brad Boxberger is expected to get his old job back when he comes off the DL, but Colome could make that decision more difficult than originally expected.
May 24 - 3:38 PM

Logan Morrison went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored Tuesday against the Marlins.

It took long enough, but Morrison continues to heat up at the plate. He’s 12-for-23 (.522) over his last eight games and has improved his batting average from .119 to .206 along the way.
May 24 - 3:37 PM

Matt Moore was touched up for five runs on 10 hits and a walk over five frames in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

The Rays gave Moore a couple extra days of rest before this outing, but it didn't help. The left-hander's downward spiral after a promising start continues, and he now is looking at an ERA sitting at a season-high 5.47. Moore probably can't afford many other slip-ups before the Rays consider making a change in their rotation. He'll face the Yankees next.
May 23 - 11:16 PM

Brandon Guyer went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three runs scored in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

Guyer's blast in the second inning off of Wei-Yin Chen tied the game at the time in a contest that ended up being back-and-forth all night. Once known as a lefty masher, Guyer is playing against lefties and righties now and has settled in as the Rays' leadoff hitter since Logan Forsythe (shoulder) went down. He's batting .327/.410/.564 on the season.
May 23 - 11:00 PM

Kevin Kiermaier will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair two fractures in his left hand.

The expected recovery time is 8-10 weeks. Kiermaier broke two metacarpal bones Saturday while trying to rob James McCann of a base hit on a diving catch attempt. Mikie Mahtook is starting in center field and batting second for the Rays on Monday night in Miami.
May 23 - 3:46 PM

Mikie Mahtook is starting in center field and batting second Monday versus the Marlins.

He should see regular starts in center while Kevin Kiermaier recovers from a fractured hand. Mahtook posted a .970 OPS in 41 games last season for the Rays and he was slashing .333/.416/.487 with one homer and four steals this in 20 games season at Triple-A Durham. There's reason for interest in deeper mixed fantasy leagues, especially if he's going to bat second.
May 23 - 2:49 PM

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

Rays purchased the contract of RHP Tyler Sturdevant from Triple-A Durham.

It's the first trip to the big leagues for the 30-year-old hurler. He posted a 1.56 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 21/8 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings at Triple-A. He's expected to function in middle relief for the Rays.
May 22 - 11:25 PM

Rays optioned RHP Steve Geltz to Triple-A Durham.

Geltz allowed a pair of runs on two hits in his inning of work against the Tigers on Sunday, bringing him to a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings with the Rays this season. He'll continue to provide bullpen depth at Triple-A.
May 22 - 6:23 PM

Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

Morrison tied proceedings up at 2-2 in the second inning when he clocked a two-run homer off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. He has two homers and six RBI over his last five games, but his triple-slash of .176/.282/.255 over 102 at-bats tells the fantasy tale, here.
May 22 - 5:01 PM

Chris Archer was flattened in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers, allowing six runs on eight hits over three innings.

Archer struck out four and walked one on the afternoon. The Tigers clawed their way to runs in each of the first three innings, scoring two in the first, one in the second and three in the third before Archer was mercifully relieved of duty. Through 10 starts (52 1/3 innings), the 27-year-old right-hander has pitched to a tough 5.16 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 65/26 K/BB ratio. He will attempt to jump his season over to the right track in a home start against the Yankees next time out.
May 22 - 4:49 PM

Rays RHP prospect Jacob Faria logged seven one-hit innings Saturday in a win for Double-A Montgomery.

The only blemish was a solo home run by Birmingham DH Nicky Delmonico in the fifth inning. Faria finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts and didn't walk a batter for the first time all season. The 22-year-old had been winless in his previous eight starts. Faria leads the Southern League with 57 strikeouts, though he's also allowed the second-most walks with 28.
Source: MILB.com
May 22 - 4:19 PM

Corey Dickerson is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

He's sitting against a righty (Jordan Zimmermann) even after Kevin Kiermaier (hand) was placed on the disabled list. The Rays are going with Logan Morrison in the designated hitter spot, Steve Pearce at first base and Tim Beckham at second.
May 22 - 9:51 AM


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