Whitley (elbow) turned in a strong outing in his first rehab appearance for High-A Charlotte on Monday night, striking out the side over an inning of work while giving up a hit. The Tommy John surgery-recoveree's first game action couldn't have gone much better, with Whitley missing plenty of bats and throwing 12 of his 20 pitches for strikes. The 27-year-old's next appearance will likely come Saturday against Brevard.
Whitley (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment Monday at High-A Charlotte, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. After facing hitters over the last two weeks, Whitley was deemed ready to advance to the final phase of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Monday's appearance will mark his first game action since May 14, 2015, when he was a member of the Yankees' rotation. Given the severe nature of his injury, Whitley figures to require at least a month to build up his arm strength, so even if he excels right away, don't expect the Rays to call him up from the big leagues until September.
Whitley (elbow) threw a 25-pitch live batting practice session Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He remains about a week behind fellow Tommy John surgery recoveree Alex Cobb, but was able to get through his session without setbacks. A minor league rehab assignment is in Whitley's future at some point in the next several weeks, but he's likely to throw at least one more session before that's given serious consideration.
Whitley (elbow) is scheduled for a bullpen session Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Whitley will join fellow Tommy John surgery recoveree Alex Cobb in throwing another session, as both prepare to make minor league appearances in the near future if they continue setback-free. The 26-year-old is trying to stick with the Rays following a forgettable two-season stint with the Yankees during which he generated a 5.02 ERA over 28 appearances.
Whitley (elbow) mixed in some breaking balls in a 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 26-year-old reclamation project continues to progress in his comeback from May 2015 Tommy John surgery, and the introduction of breaking pitches represents another step in that process. Whitley generated an unsightly 5.02 ERA over 28 appearances with the Yankees over parts of two seasons, with 16 being starts. It's unclear how he'd be deployed by the Rays once fully healthy, which still remains at a minimum of a month into the future.
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