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Rays' Brandon Lowe: Leaves with right toe bruise
Lowe left Saturday's game against the Tigers with a right toe contusion, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
Whitaker reports that it's his big toe that suffered the bruise. The infielder was removed from the contest in favor of Isaac Paredes in what appeared to be a maintenance move after the Rays built up a 8-0 lead, but the Rays announced the injury designation shortly after. For now, Lowe should be considered day-to-day with a good chance of missing Sunday's game and returning for the series against the Nationals.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Harold Ramirez: On bench Saturday
Ramirez will be on the bench Saturday against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Ramirez went hitless in his two at-bats on Opening Day. Luke Raley will take over at designated hitter Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Manuel Margot: Not in lineup
Margot will sit Saturday against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Margot went hitless in three at-bats in the season opener. Josh Lowe will take over in right field Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Isaac Paredes: Not starting Saturday
Paredes will be on the bench Saturday against Detroit, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Paredes was the No. 3 hitter and third baseman against his former team on Opening Day and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Taylor Walls will take over at the hot corner Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Christian Bethancourt: Out of lineup
Bethancourt will be on the bench Saturday against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Bethancourt started behind the plate on Opening Day, going 0-for-2 with a walk. Francisco Mejia will be the catcher Saturday. The exact playing-time split between the pair may take some time to determine.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Kyle Manzardo: Off to Triple-A
Manzardo is opening the year at Triple-A Durham, MLB.com reports.
While Manzardo is widely considered to be one of the best hitters in the minors, the Rays had cover to send him back to Double-A for a month or two since he only played 30 games there last season, but they didn't mess around with this assignment. Manzardo's Triple-A teammate Curtis Mead is on the 40-man roster already and likely ahead in the promotion hierarchy, but it's possible Manzardo kicks the door down sometime this summer.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Jose Siri: Starts season well
Siri went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Thursday against the Tigers.
Siri started in center field and hit ninth Opening Day and got his season off to a strong start by popping a solo home run to lead off the third frame. He did strike out in his other two plate appearances, and his ability to make consistent contact will have a significant impact on his ability to reach his upside as both a power hitter and stolen base contributor.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shane McClanahan: Cruises against Tigers
McClanahan (1-0) allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six across six scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against the Tigers.
McClanahan earned the Opening Day nod and delivered an excellent performance. He allowed only one extra-base hit and racked up an impressive 16 swinging strikes on 86 total pitches. Perhaps most importantly, the Rays showed little interest in limiting McClanahan after he ended the 2022 regular season with an impingement in his right shoulder.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Wander Franco: Tallies late homer
Franco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Tigers.
Franco added an insurance run in the eighth inning with a solo home run off Mason Englert to put the Rays up 4-0. While he was otherwise quiet, the performance was reassuring after he battled a quadriceps issue late in spring training. After managing only 344 plate appearances in 2022, Franco will look to put together a full season of productivity this season.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Wander Franco: Batting second Opening Day
Franco is starting at shortstop and batting second for the Rays in Thursday's opener against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Franco recently required an MRI for soreness in his right quad, but the imaging came back clean and he's ready to roll for Opening Day. The young switch hitter and his teammates will be going up against Detroit lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ben Heller: Sent to minors
Tampa Bay reassigned Heller to minor-league camp Thursday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Heller has previously made 31 relief appearances in the big leagues, but none have come since 2020 and he's pitched just 8.2 innings in total in affiliated ball over the past two seasons while tending to arm-related injuries. He'll need to stay healthy and pitch effectively at Triple-A Durham for an extended period before getting a look in Tampa Bay's bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Colten Brewer: Moved to MiLB camp
The Rays reassigned Brewer to minor-league camp Wednesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Brewer was signed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training in December. The right-hander registered a 4.76 ERA for Triple-A Omaha in the Kansas City organization in 2022, and he's likely to serve as a bullpen option for the Bulls in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Heath Hembree: Headed to minors
Tampa Bay reassigned Hembree to the minors Wednesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Hembree made 10 scoreless appearances in the Grapefruit League this spring, but he was always on the outside looking in for a spot in Tampa Bay's talent-filled bullpen. The 34-year-old struggled to a 7.36 ERA in 22 major-league innings last season between the Pirates and Dodgers.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shane Baz: Officially placed on IL
The Rays placed Baz (elbow) on the 15-day injured list Wednesday.
Baz underwent Tommy John surgery last September and won't be an option for the Rays until 2024. He'll be moved to the 60-day IL when the Rays need to free up a spot on the 40-man roster down the road.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tyler Glasnow: Placed on 15-day IL
The Rays placed Glasnow (oblique) on the 15-day injured list Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Glasnow was diagnosed in late February with a Grade 2 strain of his left oblique and is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2023 regular season. He had just resumed throwing on flat ground when spring camp came to a close.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shawn Armstrong: Goes on IL
The Rays placed Armstrong (neck) on the 15-day injured list Wednesday.
Armstrong didn't pitch in any Grapefruit League games due to the neck issue, so unless he dramatically ramps up his throwing program in the coming days, he'll more than likely be sidelined beyond the minimum 15 days. Once healthy, Armstrong could work as a setup or middle-relief option out of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Team Statistical Rankings
|B. Lowe 2B Brandon Lowe 2B||Toe|
|T. Glasnow SP Tyler Glasnow SP||Oblique|
|S. Baz SP Shane Baz SP||Elbow|
|S. Armstrong RP Shawn Armstrong RP||Neck|
|A. Kittredge RP Andrew Kittredge RP||Elbow|
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