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Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Sidelined to begin season
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Armstrong (neck) is expected to begin the season on the injured list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "It's highly unlikely he'll be ready to go [for Opening Day]," Cash said. "I don't think anything's been defined with what exactly is going on. But it doesn't appear that he's turning that corner in a positive way."
Armstrong has been sidelined all spring with a neck issue, and though he could theoretically have a chance at being ready to go for Opening Day if he accelerates his throwing program over the next three weeks, the reliever doesn't appear to have made enough tangible progress in his recovery from the injury to put himself on track for the start of the regular season. Whenever he's back to 100 percent, Armstrong could be a factor in the middle innings or as a setup man after logging a 3.60 ERA and two saves across 43 appearances for Tampa Bay in 2022 following his signing with the team last May.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Sidelined with neck injury
Armstrong has been sidelined during camp with a neck injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It's unclear how severe the injury is. The right-hander was a key contributor to the Rays bullpen in 2022 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, and he agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million deal to avoid arbitration last month. If healthy, he should be a middle-relief or set-up option for Tampa Bay in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Avoids arbitration
Armstrong signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Rays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
After being released by Miami and signed by Tampa Bay in May, Armstrong recorded a 3.60 ERA and 1.27 WHIP as a member of the Rays bullpen. His impressive 9.63 K/9 from last year also makes him a candidate to pitch more often in high-leverage situations in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Serving as opener Saturday
Armstrong will serve as the opener during Saturday's game against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Armstrong tossed 48 pitches during Tuesday's matchup against the Blue Jays, and he'll begin Saturday's game on the mound after having a few days of rest. Ryan Yarbrough will likely follow Armstrong as the primary pitcher.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Tallies final out
Armstrong tallied the final out in Friday's win over the Yankees to earn the save.
J.T. Chargois began the ninth inning as the Rays held a three-run lead, but he allowed a homer and a walk before being yanked. Armstrong came in and got Gleyber Torres to fly out to record the final out and his second save of the season. Both of those have come in the last three weeks, though a trio of other Rays' relievers have picked up saves in between. For the season, Armstrong has recorded a 4.59 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with a 54:13 K:BB across 51 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Suffers loss as opener
Armstrong (2-2) took the loss Sunday, allowing a run on one hit and one walk over three innings against the Yankees. He struck out two.
On the second pitch of the game, Armstrong served up a belt-high sinker which Aaron Judge crushed to the third deck of Tropicana Field. Armstrong was otherwise effective through three innings as he only allowed one other batter to reach base, a walk to Josh Donaldson. Despite the effort, Armstrong took the loss as the Yankees held Tampa Bay to one run. The 31-year-old now owns a 4.62 ERA through 50.2 innings this season, mainly as a reliever.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Serving as opening pitcher
Armstrong will work as the Rays' opening pitcher in Sunday's game against the Yankees at Tropicana Field, MLB.com reports.
Armstrong will be make his second straight appearance in a starting role after he led off a bullpen game in a 7-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday, when Shane McClanahan (shoulder) was scratched ahead of the contest and then placed on the 15-day injured list. The right-hander stepped in to deliver three shutout innings, but don't expect the Rays to have him work much longer than that in Sunday's contest. Ryan Yarbrough is expected to serve as the Rays' bulk reliever and is more likely than Armstrong to factor into any decision.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Strong effort in surprise start
Armstrong didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Marlins, allowing three hits over three scoreless innings. He struck out one without walking a batter.
Pressed into duty as a spot starter after Shane McClanahan (shoulder) was a late scratch, Armstrong fired 36 of 48 pitches for strikes in an impressive performance. The Rays will look for a more permanent replacement in the rotation for McClanahan, so Armstrong should return to the bullpen, but the right-hander has worked more than one inning in six of his last nine appearances and would likely be a key part of any future bullpen days for Tampa. In 33 games since joining the Rays, he sports a 3.73 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 47:9 K:BB through 41 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Earns first save
Armstrong picked up the save in a perfect inning Monday against the Angels. He struck out one.
Armstrong entered the Rays' saves carousel with his first save of the season Monday, as he retired the Angels in order to end the game. Interestingly, manager Kevin Cash turned to lockdown reliever Jason Adam in the eighth, opening the door for Armstrong to earn the save. The righty is now the 10th reliever to earn a save for Tampa Bay, so it is unlikely that he will provide many more down the stretch as the team tends to move players in and out of ninth inning duties.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Takes loss against Yankees
Armstrong (0-1) surrendered one earned run on one hit in the ninth inning Thursday against the Yankees to take the loss.
Armstrong entered the game in the ninth inning with the score knotted at 1-1. He retired the first batter he faced but surrendered a home run to Anthony Rizzo to take the loss. Since being recalled by the Rays on May 31, Armstrong has allowed two earned runs across 8.1 innings while maintaining an 11:2 K:BB.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Receives call from Triple-A
Tampa Bay selected Armstrong's contract from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
The Rays designated lefty reliever Ben Bowden for assignment and placed shortstop Wander Franco (quadriceps) on the 10-day injured list. Before signing with the Rays on a minor-league deal earlier this month, Armstrong made seven appearances in the majors with Miami this season, covering 6.2 innings and giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and three walks.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Back in Tampa Bay organization
Armstrong signed a minor-league contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday and was assigned to Triple-A Durham, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Armstrong was on the open market for just under a week after he elected free agency May 4 upon clearing waivers when the Marlins designated him for assignment. The 31-year-old right-hander will be continuing his career in a familiar organization, as he spent the second half of the 2021 season in Tampa Bay after coming over in a mid-season trade with the Orioles. He had gotten off to a rough start over his seven relief appearances with Miami this season, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and three walks over 6.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Shawn Armstrong: Moved off 40-man roster
The Marlins designated Armstrong for assignment Monday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Zach Pop was optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville while Armstrong was removed from the 40-man roster entirely as the Marlins reduced their active roster from 28 to 26 men ahead of Monday's deadline. After winning a spot in the Marlins' Opening Day bullpen, Armstrong made seven appearances and was touched up for 10 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits and three walks across 6.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Shawn Armstrong: Earns spot in Opening Day bullpen
Armstrong's contract was selected by the Marlins on Thursday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Armstrong joined the Marlins as a non-roster invitee in mid-March and posted a 2.08 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 4.1 innings across five Grapefruit League starts. He'll presumably pitch in low-leverage situations out of Miami's bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Shawn Armstrong: Invited to big-league camp
Armstrong signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Sunday that includes an invite to major-league spring training, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
Armstrong made 31 relief appearances for the Rays and Orioles last year and posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 36 innings. The right-hander will compete for a spot in the Marlins' bullpen ahead of Opening Day in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Clears waivers, sent to Triple-A
Armstrong accepted an assignment to Triple-A Durham after clearing waivers Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Armstrong was DFA'd by the Rays on Sunday when Nick Anderson was activated from the 60-day injured list. The right-hander holds a 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 44:15 K:BB across 36 innings with Tampa Bay and Baltimore this season, so it's not overly surprising to see him go unclaimed on waivers.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-2, 225 lbs|
|Birthplace: New Bern, NC|
|School: East Carolina|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|