Rays closer Brad Boxberger out 8 weeks after core muscle surgery
Rays closer Brad Boxberger will miss eight weeks after having surgery to repair a core muscle, the team announced.
Rays closer Brad Boxberger will miss the next eight weeks after having surgery to repair a core muscle, manager Kevin Cash told reporters Friday. That puts him on track to return sometime in the middle of May.
With Boxberger out, Cash said he will go with a closer by committee and rely on matchups in the ninth inning.
#Rays Cash said they will fill Boxberger's role internally and won't name an official closer— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 18, 2016
Boxberger, 27, led the AL with 41 saves in 2015 and was an All-Star for the first time. He did, however, suffer 10 losses and pitch to a 3.71 ERA (107 ERA+) with a 1.37 WHIP last year, which is not great by closer standards.
In 2014 Boxberger had a 2.37 ERA (158 ERA+) with a 0.84 WHIP. His strikeout (14.5 K/9 to 10.6 K/9) and walk (2.8 BB/9 to 4.6 BB/9) rates both declined from 2014-15 as well. The Rays recently renewed Boxberger's contract and cut his salary after the two sides were unable to agree to a deal.
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