Rays injuries and roster moves

Keep track of the Rays’ current deals and injury updates throughout the season.

June 9: RHP Andrew Kittredge (best elbow pain) put on 15-day IL
Kittredge returned from the 15-day IL on Sunday after missing out on more than 2 weeks due low back tightness, pitched a tidy inning in his very first look at that time quit a run versus the Cardinals in the 8th inning of Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Tropicana Field. Kittredge reported Wednesday that he couldn’t completely extend his arm, supervisor Kevin Cash stated, and medical imaging exposed a loose body in his tossing elbow.

Doctors are examining Kittredge’s tests, however it’s extremely most likely the 2021 All Star will need surgical treatment to eliminate the loose body from his elbow — comparable to the treatment leading possibility Shane Baz had in Spring Training. Kittredge is most likely to miss out on a minimum of a month, another hard blow for a Rays bullpen still without fellow high-leverage reducers J.P. Feyereisen, JT Chargois and Nick Anderson.

“There’s no doubt it is frustrating, just because we lean on Kitt so much,” Cash stated. “We felt like he came back, he was in a good spot, and then the next day after his outing, his arm just kind of locked up on him.” — Adam Berry

June 9: RHP Calvin Faucher remembered from Triple-A Durham
This is Faucher’s 3rd stint with the major league club this season, and it comes 6 days after he was optioned following a scoreless one-inning relief trip versus the White Sox on June 3. Faucher was down so quickly, he didn’t even pitch for Durham; he simply played catch and tossed a bullpen session, then had actually 2 postponed flights on his method back to Tropicana Field.

Acquired as a possibility last July in the trade that brought Nelson Cruz to the Rays, Faucher ought to have an opportunity to face his previous Twins group this weekend at Target Field.

“I’m excited,” Faucher stated. “I know a lot of guys on the team, obviously, so it’s going to be exciting to be up there.” — Adam Berry

June 8: RHP Shane Baz ‘booked’ for Saturday launching
Rays supervisor Kevin Cash stated leading possibility Shane Baz is “going to get penciled in” to begin Saturday afternoon versus the Twins at Target Field. Cash validated Tuesday that Baz will change Ryan Yarbrough in Tampa Bay’s rotation this weekend, however setting him as much as begin Saturday most likely leaves right-hander Drew Rasmussen in line to begin Friday’s series opener. It will be Baz’s season launching after he was held up by arthroscopic surgical treatment on his best elbow throughout Spring Training. The righty reported to Tropicana Field on Wednesday, when he was asked if he felt more ecstatic or nervous to lastly return on the mound in a Rays uniform for the very first time given that last postseason.

“I think excitement is a better word. Just getting to join such a good team and such a great group of teammates and guys in general, just being around them a lot almost makes you a better player,” Baz stated. “I’m definitely very excited and just honored that they want me to come help them.” — Adam Berry

RHP Andrew Kittredge (best elbow pain)
Expected return: Possibly July
This is the 2nd 15-day IL stint for the 2021 All Star, who invested less than a week back on the active lineup after missing out on more than 2 weeks due to low back tightness. It’s extremely most likely he will need surgical treatment to eliminate a loose body from his elbow — comparable to the treatment leading possibility Shane Baz had in Spring Training — then miss out on a minimum of a month. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: June 9)

SS Wander Franco (best quad stress)
Expected return: TBD
Franco went on the IL for the 2nd time in his profession after he strained his quad running the basepaths in the May 30 series opener versus the Rangers. As of June 7, Franco was still restricted to treatment and strength workouts after a week to let his leg recover. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: June 7)

2B Brandon Lowe (tension response in low back)
Expected return: TBD
Lowe didn’t play May 11, providing him more time to rest prior to a set up off-day May 12, then he was scratched May 14 and functioned as the DH on May 15. On May 16, the Rays sent out Lowe to have his back examined and put him on the hurt list a bit more than an hour prior to their series opener versus the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

Lowe was detected with a tension response in his lower back and was re-evaluated by a physician June 6. Manager Kevin Cash stated Lowe, who’s been doing rotational workouts, ought to advance to taking swings in the cage on June 10. That would start what figures to be a weeks-long development from tee work to striking turns to complete batting practice to live BP to video game action. However, the Rays will thoroughly keep track of Lowe to see how his back reacts to the increased work. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: June 7)

RHP J.P. Feyereisen (best shoulder impingement)
Expected return: Possibly late June/early July
Feyereisen stated he pitched through some shoulder pain for a couple of weeks prior to his June 3 positioning on the IL, although it did disappoint in his efficiency. It lastly ended up being excessive to manage throughout his June 2 trip in Texas, nevertheless, and he chose an MRI on June 3. Manager Kevin Cash stated Feyereisen’s shoulder injury seems “kind of a bone bruise,” instead of any sort of structural damage. That makes Feyereisen most likely to return within a month, if all works out, instead of investing a prolonged duration on the hurt list. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: June 4)

RHP Shane Baz (best elbow surgical treatment)
Expected return:
June 11
Sidelined given that Spring Training after going through arthroscopic surgical treatment on his best elbow, Baz, the Rays’ leading possibility, tossed 2 innings in a prolonged spring video game May 14, then pitched 2 1/3 innings for Triple-A Durham on May 19. He made another rehabilitation start for Durham on May 25, tossing 48 pitches in another 2 1/3-inning trip as he permitted 2 hits and 2 strolls while setting out one, then tossed 56 pitches over 4 scoreless innings May 30. Finally, Baz set out 10 over 4 1/3 innings for Durham on June 5. His next trip will can be found in Tampa Bay’s rotation Saturday afternoon versus the Twins at Target Field. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: June 8)

RHP Luis Patiño (left oblique stress)
Expected return: Possibly June
Patiño dealt with players for the very first time June 1 and felt excellent, utilizing all 4 pitches and showing his normal energy on and off the mound, then started a Minor League rehab task by pitching one inning for the Rookie-level Florida Complex League Rays on June 6. Patiño will now sign up with Triple-A Durham to continue his rehabilitation task, including an inning to his work each time out for a Spring Training-design accumulation. The hard-throwing righty at first sustained the injury after tossing just 13 pitches in his season launching versus the A’s on April 11.  — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: June 7)

RHP Nick Anderson (best elbow surgical treatment)
Expected return:
Likely July
Anderson is tossing 2 to 3 bullpen sessions weekly, with the most recent one beginning June 4. He will likely require to toss numerous more side sessions prior to advancing to live batting practice. If all continues to work out, he will then begin a Minor League rehab task. His specific return schedule is uncertain, however the preliminary forecast after his surgical treatment was that he’d return following the All-Star break. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: June 4)

RHP JT Chargois (left oblique tightness)
Expected return:
Possibly July
Chargois tossed a bullpen session on May 14 and pitched an inning in a prolonged spring video game on May 17, which supervisor Kevin Cash stated “went well.” But Chargois suffered a problem in his very first main rehabilitation look May 20 for Triple-A Durham, leaving after one batter. Testing exposed a Grade 2 oblique stress, Cash stated, including that the reducer will be out “a while.” Oblique stress normally take a minimum of 6 weeks to recover — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: May 25)

RHP Chris Mazza (lower back convulsions)
Expected return: Late June
Mazza went on the IL on April 23, retroactive to April 18, and was moved to the 60-day IL on May 19. Manager Kevin Cash stated on May 7 that Mazza’s back “locked up again,” stopping his rehabilitation development, however he went back to action by pitching an inning in a prolonged spring video game on May 17. Mazza started a Minor League rehab task with Triple-A Durham on May 20. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: May 25)

RHP Pete Fairbanks (torn right lat muscle)
Expected return: TBD
Fairbanks tossed from 45 feet on May 14 in his very first time touching a baseball given that he left his Spring Training outing on March 27. He is arranged to toss a “short-box” bullpen session — with the catcher established on or simply in front of the plate — on May 31, his very first time pitching off a mound given that sustaining his injury. Manager Kevin Cash called that advancement “encouraging.” — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: May 25)

LHP Brendan McKay (thoracic outlet syndrome decompression surgical treatment)
Expected return: TBD
McKay was put on the 60-day hurt list on April 7 and closed down from tossing on April 27, however supervisor Kevin Cash explained it as “an everyday thing.” The concern with McKay’s neck had actually cleaned up since May 25, putting him on track to resume tossing. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: May 25)

RHP Yonny Chirinos (best elbow surgical treatment)
Expected return:
Nearing completion of his Tommy John rehab, Chirinos sustained a best elbow fracture while shaking off a mound in September and had surgical treatment later on that month. He was moved to the 60-day IL on March 18. As of May 25, Chirinos was tossing bullpen sessions. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: May 25)

RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgical treatment, best ankle surgical treatment)
Expected return:
Likely 2023
Working his method back from the Tommy John treatment he went through in August 2021, Glasnow had arthroscopic surgical treatment to eliminate loose bodies from his best ankle on March 18 — a day after he was moved to the 60-day IL. Glasnow stated the 2nd treatment, a small operation he’d been delaying for many years, most likely won’t impact his healing schedule. Manager Kevin Cash stated Glasnow is playing catch and succeeding in his healing. — Adam Berry (Last upgraded: May 7)

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