Boxberger (oblique) pitched a scoreless inning for High-A Charlotte on Tuesday, allowing two hits and a walk. The rehabbing reliever fired 18 pitches, half of which went for strikes. Boxberger has now allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk over four innings in four appearances for the Stone Crabs. He's scheduled for another short appearance tonight and absent any setbacks, will rejoin the big league club this weekend.
Boxberger (oblique) isn't expected to return from the disabled list until the end of next week at the earliest, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Boxberger has already made three rehab appearances with High-A Charlotte during his current DL stint, but the Rays want him to put together an extended stretch of quality outings in the minors before bringing him back to the big-league bullpen. Even though he saved 41 games for the Rays a season ago, Boxberger has missed too much time in 2016 to pose a serious threat to Alex Colome's standing as the club's top closer.
Boxberger (oblique) will pitch again Thursday after throwing in his first rehab game Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Boxberger went down at the beginning of June and was expected to miss 4-to-8 weeks with the injury. He seems to be progressing well, even though he has taken awhile to get back, but should be set to return very soon for Tampa Bay. He could see another rehab appearance after Thursday, but has faced hitters in batting practice and thrown successful bullpens in the last few weeks.
Boxberger (oblique) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday at High-A Charlotte, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Boxberger looks to trending toward the latter end of the four-to-eight week recovery timetable he was handed down back in early June, but his recent activity has been encouraging. He was able to throw face hitters in batting practice prior to the All-Star break, and after enduring no further setbacks with his oblique, he'll be cleared to test himself out in game action. Given that Boxberger has made all of one appearance this season along with the fact that Alex Colome has been solid in a ninth-inning role, it doesn't seem likely that Boxberger will reclaim the closer gig for the Rays upon his eventual activation.
Boxberger (oblique) threw batting practice to fellow rehabber Kevin Kiermaier (wrist) on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. It was another step in the right direction for Boxberger, who's been progressively moving through the rehab process over the last several weeks. The 28-year-old closer was originally given a recovery timetable of 4-to-8 weeks, with the early end of that window having just recently passed. Boxberger remains without a more concrete return time frame, but has at least emerged from each successive step in his recovery without setbacks.