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July 9, 2020 01:40 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Works in sim game Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell threw 23 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, his first time facing hitters since March, Juan Toribio of reports.

Snell reported no issues with the elbow problems that once plagued him, and he was able to get 14 of his 23 offerings into the strike zone against the quartet of Yandy Diaz, Joey Wendle, Michael Perez and Daniel Robertson. Snell stated he'd already been feeling back to normal after throwing for the last week and a half, emphasizing that he'll "continue to feel better" with the additional work he plans on putting in before Opening Day.

July 2, 2020 11:48 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: No workload restrictions expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell is considered a 'full-go" for the Rays' summer camp at Tropicana Field that begins Friday, and he shouldn't have any workload restrictions during the regular season, Juan Toribio of reports.

The left-hander was due to be monitored carefully this coming season because of last summer's elbow problems. However, the 60-game season will yield a much lighter workload than originally expected, meaning Snell should essentially be deployed without restrictions with respect to the cumulative amount of innings he logs. Snell has been working out on his own in his Seattle-area home during the shutdown of spring training, and his current conditioning will be evaluated by pitching coach Kyle Snyder on Friday.

June 25, 2020 01:00 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Expected back Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell was slated to be back in his St. Petersburg home Thursday after spending the last several weeks in the Seattle area, Juan Toribio of reports.

The numerous Rays players that were scattered about the globe are naturally beginning to formulate their plans to return to the Tampa area following the finalization of the details of a truncated 2020 regular season. Snell has been busy working a throwing program in his Seattle home in recent weeks, and it appears he'll now have several days to immerse himself back into the team environment ahead of the ramp-up to the campaign. It remains to be seen how manager Kevin Cash will handle his starters' workloads the first couple turns through the rotation, with that expected to be sorted out during the team's upcoming summer camp.

June 12, 2020 07:04 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Tosses fastballs off mound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell threw 15 fastballs during a bullpen session Friday, marking the first time he's thrown off a mound since mid-March, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

There's no word of a snag with Snell's session, so his throwing program seems to be going on without a hitch. Barring a setback of some kind, Snell should be available for the start of the 2020 season, when or if it commences.

June 5, 2020 11:00 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Increases throwing program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell is throwing 4-to-5 times per week while spring training is suspended and will begin throwing off a mound next week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Snell has continued to throw since play was suspended, but he recently increased his throwing program ahead of a potential return. His return to mound throwing will mark the first time that he's thrown off a mound since spring training, but it appears as though the southpaw is fully healthy despite suffering a left elbow injury in late February.

April 21, 2020 07:32 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Keeping up throwing program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell continues to throw three times per week at his St. Petersburg home while spring training remains suspended, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

The left-hander's ability to continue playing catch without issue supports the notion his previously ailing elbow is back to full health. A more stringent test will come once Snell is able to jump back into game action again, however, and for the moment, the timeline for being able to do so remains firmly up in the air.

March 23, 2020 03:00 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Confident about health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell indicated that he was satisfied with the health of his left elbow before spring training was suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He's confident that he'll be ready to pitch without any restrictions once the season resumes.

Prior to the MLB-mandated shutdown, Snell had been cleared to pitch in a simulated game after a cortisone shot alleviated the discomfort he had been experiencing in his elbow. Had the season started on time, Snell may have had to skip his first turn through the rotation while he built up his arm for starting duty, but now that the MLB hiatus is set to last until at least mid-May, he should be ready to go for Tampa Bay's opening series. While Snell is ostensibly healthy and should benefit from the extended break, it's not the most reassuring sign that his elbow was already barking again this spring after he had it scoped last July.

March 12, 2020 02:52 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Simulated game on deck
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell played catch without any elbow issues Wednesday and is expected to pitch a simulated game Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 27-year-old southpaw was originally expected to start Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, but it's encouraging that the change of plans is unrelated to his elbow. Snell is coming off a disappointing outing Monday against the Blue Jays which included four walks, four earned runs and just a single out. Tampa Bay is choosing to take a conservative approach to bringing its No. 2 starter back from a Feb. 29 cortisone shot, which should be encouraging to 2020 fantasy owners in the long run this season.

March 9, 2020 03:28 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: No elbow issues in return to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell felt great following his outing Monday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Snell wasn't at all happy with his performance, which included four walks and four earned runs and just a single out. The important thing, though, is that he felt no pain in his elbow following the game. Assuming that remains the case for the rest of spring, Snell should be fine for Opening Day.

March 8, 2020 03:16 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Confirmed as Monday's starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell (elbow) has been confirmed as Monday's starter against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Snell received a cortisone shot last week to help him deal with pain in his elbow and has successfully thrown a bullpen session and is now confirmed to return to game action. He still carries more risk than the typical starting pitcher due to this elbow scare, but it sounds like fantasy managers can proceed with the expectation that Snell will be ready for the start of the season.

March 7, 2020 02:12 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: On track to pitch Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell (elbow) is on track to pitch Monday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Snell will play catch before a final decision on his next appearance is made, but he felt good Saturday morning after throwing a bullpen session Friday, and barring any setbacks he will take the ball Monday for the first time since Feb. 26. He still has time to make a few appearances before the regular season begins, but it remains to be seen if his absence will affect his availability for Opening Day.

March 6, 2020 09:00 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Bullpen goes smoothly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell (elbow) felt good after a 20-pitch bullpen session Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Snell required a cortisone shot in his elbow last week, fueling fears that he could be out for the start of the regular season. The Rays played down those concerns, noting that the shot was on the outside of the lefty's elbow rather than near the tendon, which would be more worrisome. Assuming he still feels good Saturday, Snell could get back into game action as soon as Monday.

March 3, 2020 11:28 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Bullpen work set for Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell (elbow) said he's on track to throw a bullpen session Friday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

The cortisone shot Snell received last week for his left elbow appears to have had the desired effect, as the 27-year-old was able to play catch from 60 feet Tuesday without discomfort. He plans to increase his flat-ground distance to 90 feet Wednesday before getting back on the mound Friday. Assuming he gets through the bullpen session without incident, Snell could be cleared to face live hitters early next week.

March 2, 2020 11:44 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Still on track for recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell (elbow) was "feeling good" Monday and is still on track to play catch Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Snell received a cortisone shot in his elbow Friday after feeling some discomfort after his start Wednesday, but he appears to be on track in his recovery. The southpaw is expected to play catch Tuesday and throw a bullpen session Friday, so he'll have several chances to test the elbow over the next few days. A clearer picture for his return could become more apparent after he resumes throwing.

March 2, 2020 01:40 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Receives cortisone shot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell felt some discomfort in his elbow after Wednesday's start and received a cortisone shot Friday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

The Rays are reportedly not overly concerned, and although he'll miss his next Grapefruit League start, Snell is already scheduled to play catch Tuesday and throw a bullpen session Friday, so he won't be shut down for long. Manager Kevin Cash noted that the shot was in the lefty's outer elbow, not near the tendon, which would be a considerably more concerning area. Still, it's hard not to worry about elbow issues popping up early in camp for a pitcher who missed two months for elbow surgery last season. Whether or not Snell is expected to miss time at the start of the regular season should become clear over the next week as he resumes throwing.

February 27, 2020 11:32 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Impresses in first outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell started Wednesday's Grapefruit League loss to the Twins, firing a perfect first inning during which he recorded a strikeout.

The southpaw threw 21 pitches overall, 15 of which found the strike zone. As per Juan Toribio of, Snell utilized all four of his pitches but expressed frustration after the game that he didn't throw a slider against a right-handed hitter, which is an area he's stated he'd like to focus on this spring. Snell made several changes this offseason that appear to be paying early dividends, hiring a personal chef to improve his diet, getting additional rest, and arriving in St. Petersburg almost a month earlier than usual to prepare for the season.

February 21, 2020 01:24 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Shows off slider in bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell featured a revamped slider during his first live batting practice Thursday, Juan Toribio of reports. "He looked awesome; he looked really good," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "I think he put some weight in his lower half to get stronger and it looked pretty easy today."

The left-hander is fully healthy and looking like it, impressing during the 30 pitches he threw to Ji-Man Choi, Randy Arozarena and Willy Adames. Snell used all four of his pitches Thursday, but eight of his offerings were sliders. Notably, Snell threw the pitch just 6.7 percent of the time in 2019; however, the 27-year-old is focusing on refining the slider this spring after he generated an impressive .208 xBA when deploying it last season, and he plans to utilize it as a way of making his changeup and fastball more effective in the coming campaign.

October 3, 2019 02:00 AM
Rays' Blake Snell: Set to start ALDS Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell is expected to start Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday at Houston, Janie McCauley of the Associated Press reports.

Charlie Morton provided five scoreless innings during Wednesday's Wild Card Game and Tyler Glasnow will start the series opener, leaving Snell to take the ball for Game 2. The 26-year-old had an up-and-down season and allowed three runs over six innings after returning from the injured list in mid-September. Snell reached 62 pitches in his last appearance and seems likely to remain on an slightly higher pitch count Saturday.

October 2, 2019 07:44 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Available for AL Wild Card Game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell is on the Rays' wild-card roster.

If Snell appears in Wednesday's game, he'll do so on just two days' rest, having pitched Sunday against the Blue Jays. He threw just 2.1 innings in that contest, however, so there's a decent chance he makes an appearance in relief of Charlie Morton.

September 29, 2019 06:48 PM
Rays' Blake Snell: Gives up two runs in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Snell (6-8) gave up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four through 2.1 innings to take the loss against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Snell allowed both runs in the first frame, but he recovered to deliver 1.1 scoreless innings before his exit after 62 pitches. Snell continued to be limited in his pitch count, technically throwing his longest outing since his return from the injured list. The 26-year-old finishes the regular season with a 4.29 ERA with 147 strikeouts through 107 innings.

Situational Stats
vs Houston 6.001 7.50023
vs LHB 17.100 6.230424
vs RHB 89.200 3.91036123
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Seattle, WA
Tampa Bay Rays

MLB Experience:

2015: Minor League Player of the Year
2018: AL Cy Young;AL ERA Leader