After starting the season for Triple-A Durham on the DL with a wrist strain, Ryan Brett underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May, wiping out his 2016 campaign. The 25-year-old second baseman had gone hitless in 11 at-bats with the Rays last spring, and his injury left him unable to build on a 2015 season at Triple-A Durham. Brett has generated some impressive numbers in the categories of extra-base hits (152 over his last eight minor league stops) and stolen bases (138 over the entirety of his minor league career), while also hitting over .300 in four different professional stints. However, he'll need to prove his mettle once again at the Triple-A level and regain his standing in the organization after missing an entire season.
Brett was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports. Brett was once a promising prospect in the Rays system, but after missing the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, the team non-tendered him in the offseason. A healthy Brett re-signed with the team on a minor-league deal in December that included an invitation to spring training, but his 7-of-18 showing from the plate in Grapefruit League play wasn't enough for him to secure an Opening Day roster spot. After a year away from the game, the Rays likely want to see Brett see some extended time at Triple-A Durham before potentially considering him for a promotion.
Brett hit a solo home run in his one official at-bat in Tuesday's 7-6 extra-inning Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees and added a sacrifice fly for another RBI. Brett tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth with a solo shot to left field and then provided what appeared to be an insurance run in the 10th with a sacrifice fly to center. The 25-year-old, looking for a fresh start after missing all of last season with an elbow injury, continues to acquit himself well in his bid to impress, as he's now hitting an even .300 with Tuesday's homer and three overall RBI over 10 at-bats across five spring games.
Brett (elbow) went 0-for-2 in Thursday's 19-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox. The 25-year-old non-roster invitee is attempting to revive his career after missing all of 2016 with his elbow injury. Brett has seen plenty of reps so far this spring, as the Rays try to make a robust evaluation of his potential. Factoring in Thursday's hitless outing, the second baseman owns a .222 average (2-for-9) with one RBI and one run over four spring outings. Consistent contact has notably been a problem thus far, as five of Brett's seven outs have come on strikeouts.
Brett (elbow) was non-tendered by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Brett missed all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery in mid-May. He spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Durham, where he hit .247 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 354 plate appearances spread across 84 games. The 25-year-old second baseman will be looking for a minor league contract with another club this winter.
Brett will miss the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in mid-May, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Although the team didn't announce it initially, Brett will indeed be out for the year after beginning it on the DL with a wrist strain. The 24-year-old was assigned to Triple-A Durham following a tough spring in which he went 0-for-11 but didn't have a chance to play before he was once again hampered by injury. Brett's immediate timetable for return will be spring training, but given the severity of this injury, there's no guarantee he will be ready.