ST. PETERSBURG — Promising Rays right-handed pitcher Shane Baz can have elbow surgical procedure from Tommy John this week and can miss your complete 2023 season.
Moreover, supervisor Kevin Money mentioned second baseman Brandon Lowe won’t return this 12 months as a result of a recurring again downside.
Baz, 23, was injured in July and docs suggested him to strive a program of relaxation, remedy and rehabilitation. However a 15-pitch capturing session on Saturday morning made it clear there was no progress, and Baz can have surgical procedure. “I did not really feel good,” Money mentioned.
The timing will make it a bit tough for Baz to be positively prepared for the beginning of the 2024 season given he will not be capable of register any 2023 innings.
“This (relaxation schedule) was on physician’s orders: let’s examine what we are able to do,” Money mentioned. “I believe it is at all times a final resort to go there (with surgical procedure) and miss this time. However yeah, that places the timeline (a lot) additional again.
Baz missed the primary two months of the season after a March process to take away a free physique from his elbow, made his debut on June 11 and made six begins, going 1-2, 5.00 earlier than quitting a begin tough on July 10 within the third inning.
Lowe, who led the Rays with 39 house runs final season, misplaced 2022 considerably. He struggled early within the season, was out from mid-Could to mid-July with an issue on the backside of the again, was sidelined once more in late August after being hit in the precise elbow by a pitch, then was positioned on the injured reserve checklist for the third time in mid-September when his again hit him once more embarrassed and obtained a collection of epidural and different injections.
“He simply wasn’t responding,” Money mentioned. “Give him credit score. He went for extra injections than anybody would need. However he did, and it is normally… 24/48 hour delay and you realize instantly if you happen to’re good or not, and he simply did not reply. So I hope we are able to show him proper.
“He’ll come into the offseason with a whole lot of various things he’ll in all probability need to do, basic points, however I believe at this level relaxation is essential.”
Goodbye for KK?
The Rays appeared to say goodbye to longtime heart Kevin Kiermaier on Saturday with a video highlighting the tribute, ending with a display studying “Thanks KK.” Kiermaier, sidelined for the season after hip surgical procedure, watched from the dugout and got here out to greet the followers. Kiermaier is predicted to turn out to be a free agent when the Rays decline his $13 million possibility (and pay him a $2.5 million buyout), though he and Rays officers have mentioned they’d be open to discussing the opportunity of remaining below a brand new settlement.
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Yandy Diaz is best
Yandy Diaz says left shoulder ache that has saved him out of the roster since Tuesday is feeling ‘a lot better’ since receiving a cortisone shot and hopes to hitch quickly alignment, however doesn’t have an actual day. Money mentioned Diaz will check the shoulder by taking swings on Saturday, however they may additionally wait till after Monday’s bye, hoping to show him proper for the remainder of the season. Relating to final Monday’s car parking zone altercation with teammate Randy Arozarena, Diaz, by way of group interpreter Manny Navarro, mentioned, “There was only a misunderstanding that was occurring inside the members of household and associates and it is one thing we watch now as previously.”
Tyler Glasnow (surgical rehabilitation of Tommy John) has joined the Rays from Triple-A Durham and is on observe to be activated and began on Wednesday. … Wander Franco prolonged his hitting streak to 11 video games, a profession excessive.
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