Fairbanks was placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The injury may explain Fairbanks' poor performance Wednesday against the Yankees, as he allowed two runs without retiring a batter. This is now the second time he's hit the injured list with shoulder issues this season, as he missed nearly four weeks with a rotator cuff strain early in the season. He'll undergo an MRI on Thursday, per Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network, after which the length of this particular absence should become clearer. Chris Mazza was recalled in a corresponding move.
Fairbanks was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder after taking the loss in Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He failed to record an out and gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit and a hit batsman. It was announced after the game that Fairbanks was dealing with a shoulder issue, though this provides a bit more context. More information should be available after Fairbanks is evaluated further Thursday.
Fairbanks (3-3) earned the win Thursday, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless inning versus Cleveland. After collecting two saves and two holds in his last four outings, Fairbanks added a win to the collection. The 27-year-old kept the game tied in the ninth inning before Tampa Bay pulled ahead in the 10th. The right-hander has been decent with a 3.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 36:15 K:BB across 30 innings this season. He'll remain in the mix for save chances, having picked up five saves and 10 holds through 32 outings.
Fairbanks recorded his fifth save in a win over Atlanta on Sunday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts over one inning. Fairbanks closed out the comeback victory for the Rays in dominating fashion, working around a single to throw 13 of 17 pitches for strikes and notch his second save of the weekend series. The right-hander now has six straight scoreless appearances, a strong stretch that could continue earning him high-leverage opportunities.
Fairbanks fired a scoreless inning Friday to pick up his fourth save of the season in a 7-6 win over Atlanta. Fairbanks entered in the 10th with the Rays clinging on to a one-run lead after they were able to gain the lead in the top half of the frame. He retired all three batters he faced on eight pitches and left the runner stranded on second. It was his first save since June 14 and he's now put together five straight scoreless outings after a rough ending to June. For the year, Fairbanks owns a 3.29 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 31:14 K:BB over 27.1 innings and will continue to be in line for the occasional save.
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