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Jeffrey Springs was off to a fantastic start in 2023 with 24 strikeouts in 16 innings and one earned run off a solo homer until a precautionary removal of him from a start against Boston led to worse news that he had indeed torn his UCL. He had surgery on April 23rd, which all but rules him out of the first half of the 2024 season. Given the Rays conservative approach with pitchers coming back from injuries like this, take the under on whatever projection the marketplace is putting on his workload. Remember that the last thing that comes back for these pitchers is their command and feel for the baseball, two things that are critical to Springs's success given his lack of pure velocity and his dependency of his changeup. Keeper league managers can try to score a late bargain with him while reset league managers are wasting a draft pick because there are no guarantees Springs pitches effectively once he returns.

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2024 0.00 0.00
2023 7123.7 16.0 2 24 4 0.56 0.50
2022 35110.6 135.3 9 5 144 31 2.46 1.07
3y Avg. 190.57.3 65.3 5 2 1 77 16 2.48 1.03
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Works one inning in rehab start

    Springs (elbow) was charged with one earned run on three hits while striking out two over one inning in a rehab start Monday with the Rays' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate. According to MLB.com, Rays manager Kevin Cash that Springs felt good following the rehab start, which was his first appearance in a game setting since he underwent Tommy John surgery April 24, 2023. Cash noted that Springs has one more rehab outing planned with the Rays' FCL affiliate before moving on to Triple-A Durham. Springs should gradually increase his innings and pitch counts in his subsequent minor-league outings, though he'll still likely need the full 30-day rehab window to get ramped up before being deemed ready to return from the 60-day injured list, likely in the final week or two of June.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Beginning rehab assignment

    Springs (elbow) will pitch in the Florida Complex League on May 20, MLB.com reports. Springs completed a two-inning live batting practice session Wednesday, lining him up to return to the mound in an official game for the first time since April 13, 2023. He'll have a significant ramp-up period before being activated from the injured list, but he is projected to return in late June.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Throwing in spring game

    Springs is scheduled to throw in an extended spring training game May 20, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Springs will take another step forward in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, seeing his first game action since April of 2023. The southpaw seems to be on track for a return to the Rays' rotation in July or August.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Throws off mound

    Springs (elbow) has thrown off a mound twice in the last week, Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times reports. Springs underwent Tommy John surgery in April, and his recent throwing sessions mark his first off a mound while recovering. It's a positive step, but he's still not expected to return until sometime in July.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Placed on 60-day IL

    The Rays placed Springs (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Jacob Waguespack. Springs will be out until around midseason while working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Looking at July-August return

    Rays president of baseball operations Erik Neander said Tuesday that Springs (elbow) is on track to return in July or August, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Springs underwent Tommy John surgery in late April, so the timetable Neander offered up would have the left-hander back in around 16 months. Of course, it's a rough timeline at this point, and Springs will be facing workload restrictions when he does make it back. Fantasy managers shouldn't be counting on a major impact until 2025.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Resumes throwing

    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Springs (elbow) has resumed throwing in the Tampa area, Steve Carney of StPeteNine.com reports. Springs carried a lot of buzz last spring after working to a 2.46 ERA and 144:31 K:BB over 135.1 innings in 2022, but he blew out his elbow in his third start of the 2023 regular season and underwent Tommy John surgery in late April. The 31-year-old left-hander probably won't return to a major-league mound until late June or early July of 2024.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Surgery set for Monday

    Springs (elbow) is scheduled to undergo his season-ending Tommy John surgery Monday in Texas, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The operation will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister, one of the renowned specialists for athletes who are dealing with arm-related injuries. The Rays will provide an update after the surgery is performed regarding whether Springs required any additional procedures beyond repairing his UCL, but assuming the lefty requires little more than the traditional Tommy John surgery, he'll face a loose 12-to-18-month rehab and recovery process. With that in mind, Springs should be expected to miss a significant portion of the 2024 season as well.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Shifts to 60-day injured list

    Springs (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Saturday, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports. The move was an expected one, as Springs will undergo Tommy John surgery Monday, a procedure which will cost him all of this season and a substantial portion of next year. The transaction clears space on the 40-man roster for the Rays to select Hector Perez's contract.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Expected to have Tommy John surgery

    Springs (elbow) is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2024 season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Springs was placed on the injured list with a left elbow flexor strain, and as it often does, the injury has escalated into the need for the reconstructive surgery. Springs was pitching exceptionally well prior to the injury with an 0.56 ERA and 24:4 K:BB over 16 innings and three starts. The left-hander will hope to be ready for the start of the 2024 campaign, and Taj Bradley should be given the opportunity to cement his role in the rotation in Spring's absence.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Lands on IL with flexor strain

    Springs was placed on the 15-day injured list by the Rays on Tuesday with a left elbow flexor strain, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports. It was already known that Springs was likely to miss at least a couple months of action, but he's now officially on the IL and we finally have a specific diagnosis. The Rays have not publicly laid out a rehab plan for the left-hander, but he'll likely be shut down for a while before slowly ramping up a throwing program. Taj Bradley is taking Springs' spot in Tampa Bay's rotation.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Likely out multiple months

    Springs (arm) is expected to miss a minimum of two months, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Springs underwent an MRI on his left arm Friday after experiencing some nerve discomfort during his start Thursday afternoon against the Red Sox. Topkin notes that the Rays are seeking out multiple opinions, but the early indications are not good. The elbow issue could even be an injury that requires surgery and leads to a long-term absence. Springs landed a four-year, $31 million contract extension in January and had posted excellent numbers out of the gate this season.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Getting MRI on Friday

    Springs will undergo an MRI on his left elbow Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Ulnar neuritis was the initial diagnosis when Springs had to depart his start Thursday against the Red Sox. The hope is that's all he's dealing with, and his stay on the injured list will be a short one. However, the MRI will provide more clarity, with the results expected back at some point later Friday. "Just hoping for the best," Springs said. "Hopefully it's just a nerve thing that kind of flared up. I've been very fortunate. I've never had any elbow issues or anything like that, so this is all kind of new. So we'll see. Right now, I feel fine."
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Diagnosed with ulnar neuritis

    Springs was diagnosed with left arm ulnar neuritis after leaving Thursday's game against the Red Sox, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports. In other words, he's dealing with inflammation in the ulnar nerve of his pitching arm which can cause a numbness or tingling sensation. The injury for Springs cropped up during the fourth inning Thursday after he gave up one run with five strikeouts over his first three frames. He will be re-evaluated Friday before more is known, but a stay on the injured list for Springs is almost surely coming. Taj Bradley looms as an obvious rotation replacement for Springs.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Exits start with injury

    Springs was removed from Thursday's start versus the Red Sox with an apparent injury to his left hand/arm, Tom Caron of NESN reports. Springs was seen flexing his hand after delivering a pitch in the top of the fourth inning. He threw one practice pitch after being visited by the trainer and Rays manager Kevin Cash but then immediately walked off the field. An update from the team on Springs' status should come shortly.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Seven shutout frames

    Springs (2-0) earned the win Saturday, allowing no runs on three hits and three walks over seven innings against the Athletics. He struck out seven. Another very impressive outing for Springs. The southpaw didn't allow an extra-base hit in the contest, and while he did issue the three free passes, he threw 61 of 89 pitches for strikes while picking up his second win. Over his first two starts, Springs has yet to allow a run, and he's registered an impressive 19:4 K:BB over 12 innings.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Mows down Tigers

    Springs (1-0) issued one walk over six no-hit innings Sunday. He struck out 12 and earned a win over Detroit. Springs completely dominated the Tigers, firing 58 of 81 pitches for strikes. He allowed just one base runner on a second-inning walk to Nick Maton. Springs forced 13 whiffs and recorded the first double-digit strikeout performance of his MLB career. At one point, the 30-year-old southpaw recorded five consecutive punchouts. He's lined up for another nice matchup next week when the Rays host Oakland.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Looking sharp this spring

    Springs has thrown 9.2 scoreless innings while maintaining a 16:1 K:BB in Grapefruit League action. Springs was initially brought along slowly during the exhibition season, though he worked 4.1 frames in his start Thursday. He enjoyed a breakout 2022 campaign by maintaining a 2.46 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across 135.1 innings and is a lock for the Rays' rotation so long as he remains healthy.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Inks four-year extension

    Springs signed a four-year, $31 million contract extension with the Rays on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The deal can max out at $65.75 million if Springs gets his club option picked up for 2027 and reaches all of the included performance-based incentives. The 30-year-old left-hander impressed his way into a full-time rotation spot in Tampa Bay last season, delivering a 2.46 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 144 strikeouts (31 walks) across 135.1 innings. With his projectable workload on the rise, Springs should have late-round appeal in all standard fantasy drafts leading into the 2023 campaign.
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  • Rays' Jeffrey Springs: Short start in short game

    Springs (9-5) took the loss Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits and one walk over three innings against the Red Sox. He struck out three. After throwing at least five innings in 11 of his previous 12 starts, Springs was pulled early Tuesday after completing the third inning. The one run he surrendered came on a Christian Arroyo single after he allowed a leadoff walk to Alex Verdugo and a base hit to Eric Hosmer. Springs completes his season with a career-high 135.1 innings pitched to go along with a 2.46 ERA and 144 punchouts.
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