Meadows reported to spring training having lost 10-15 pounds in his offseason training program and has caught the eye of manager Kevin Cash, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "I got after it pretty hard this offseason," Meadows said. "Just to kind of go back to that form, back to that feeling that I'm light on my feet and I'm quick. Go out there and show them that I can be quick on my routes, be quick on the bases, and it feels good to kind of get back to that form."
The list of misfortunes and maladies was long for Meadows in 2020 -- he battled COVID-19, a strained oblique and a significant lack of timing with his bat, leading to a forgettable .205/.296/.371 line across 152 plate appearances. The sub-standard numbers were in stark contrast to a 2019 campaign during which he'd slugged a career-best 33 home runs. The 25-year-old emphasizes that feeling athletic and light on his feet in the batter's box is instrumental to his success, and Cash notes he's already seen evidence of such in early batting practice sessions in the form of Meadows being able to reach certain pitches with greater ease than when he was slower and heavier last season.
Meadows is out of the lineup Sunday in Game 5 of the Rays' World Series matchup with the Dodgers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He'll take a seat for the second straight day with the Dodgers bringing another southpaw (Clayton Kershaw) to the hill. Hunter Renfroe will check into the lineup in place of Meadows, who is slashing .130/.167/.261 in the postseason.
Meadows will sit for Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Meadows sat against southpaw Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 and will head to the bench again with another lefty (Julio Urias) on the mound for this one. Randy Arozarena will be the designated hitter Saturday, with Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe handling the outfielder corners.
Meadows will hit the bench in Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Meadows hits the bench with the left-handed Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers. After struggling to a .205/.296/.371 slash line in 36 games during the regular season, he's hit an awful .114/.162/.286 in 10 playoff contests. Randy Arozarena will be the designated hitter Tuesday, with Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe handling the outfield corners.
Meadows is not in the lineup for Game 6 of the ALCS against the Astros on Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Meadows will head to the bench for the first time since the series opener with left-hander Framber Valdez pitching for Houston. Randy Arozarena will serve as the designated hitter while Brandon Lowe receives the start in left field Friday.
Meadows is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Sunday.
Meadows won't start in the first game of the ALCS with left-hander Framber Valdez starting for Houston. Meadows is 2-for-13 with two solo homers and six strikeouts in his four playoff appearances this year.
Meadows will sit for the fourth game of the ALDS against the Yankees on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Meadows sits for the second time so far in the series. He's gone just 1-for-9 at the plate with five strikeouts. Yandy Diaz will lead off as the designated hitter with lefty Jordan Montgomery on the mound for the Yankees.
Meadows went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk in Tuesday's win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Meadows hit a solo homer off Jonathan Loaisiga in the sixth inning. The left-handed hitter had been bothered by a strained oblique since mid-September, yet made his presence known while leading off in the DH spot. Coming off a career year in 2019, Meadows struggled in the 2020 regular season, slashing .205/.296/.371.
Meadows (oblique) will lead off as the designated hitter in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Meadows hasn't started a game since mid-September due to a strained oblique. He wasn't on the Rays' wild-card roster and didn't start Game 1 of the ALDS, though he did appear as a pinch hitter, striking out in his lone appearance.
Meadows (oblique) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Meadows has been out since mid-September with a strained oblique. He was deemed healthy enough to make the roster for the Division Series after undergoing a cortisone shot, though he's evidently not healthy enough to start just yet. Randy Arozarena gets the nod in left field, with Yandy Diaz serving as the designated hitter.
Meadows (oblique) will be on the roster for the AL Division Series against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Meadows missed the end of the regular season as well as the AL Wild Card Round with a strained left oblique. He's evidently expected to play a role at some point this series, though whether or not he's ready to start right away remains to be seen. If the Rays are getting the 2019 version of Meadows -- who hit .291/.364/.558 -- back, I t would be a huge boost to their lineup. The 2020 version hasn't offered much, as he hit just .205/.296/.371, though he can likely blame his preseason battle with COVID-19 for some of his struggles.
Meadows (oblique) participated in workouts with the team Sunday ahead of the AL Division Series against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Meadows participated in baserunning drills earlier Sunday before taking live at-bats later in the workout session. General manager Erik Neander said Thursday that Meadows could return for the series, although his availability should depend on how his oblique responds to Sunday's workout.
Meadows (oblique) could take some at-bats against live pitching Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old wasn't close to being ready for the AL Wild Card Series against the Blue Jays, but manager Kevin Cash said Friday that he's progressing well. Meadows has been sidelined since Sept. 17 with the left oblique strain, but he may be able to return for the AL Division Series next week with a successful showing versus live pitching Saturday.
Meadows (oblique) could rejoin the Rays for the ALDS against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that Meadows wasn't close to being ready for a return. However, general manager Erik Neander said Thursday that Meadows is a possibility for the ALDS, which runs from Monday to Friday. It's encouraging that the 25-year-old is being considered for a return earlier than anticipated, but he was in a bit of a slump prior to his injury as he slashed .128/.227/.256 with four RBI and 20 strikeouts over his last 11 games. If he returns, he'd be an option as the designated hitter along with Yoshi Tsutsugo.
Meadows (oblique) isn't close to being ready for a return according to manager Kevin Cash, the Associated Press reports.
Meadows went on the injured list Sept. 18, and the oblique strain that landed him in there is apparently progressing slowly. The outfielder doesn't appear likely to be available for a return until deep into the postseason, leaving the chances of him suiting up again for the Rays in 2020 somewhat remote at the moment.
Meadows was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old exited Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader with oblique soreness, and he'll head to the shelf after being diagnosed with the strain. According to Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network, Meadows is dealing with a Grade 2 strain and seems unlikely to be healthy when eligible to be activated Sept. 29.
Meadows was removed from Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles with left oblique soreness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 25-year-old earned a walk in his lone plate appearance before being lifted during the third inning. Meadows is unlikely to be available for the nightcap and should be considered day-to-day.
Meadows is not in Sunday's lineup against the Red Sox.
The Rays will turn to right-handed outfielders Randy Arozarena, Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe from left to right with lefty Martin Perez starting for Boston. Meadows had been mired in a rough slump at the plate, but he has a hit in three straight games, with all three hits going for extra bases (two doubles, one home run).
Meadows went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox.
He led off the bottom of the first inning with his fourth homer of the year but struck out three times the rest of the way. That's an accurate snapshot of Meadows' season -- he's slashing just .208/.302/.392 through 32 games, and his 33.1 percent strikeout rate is a major step backwards from his 22.2 percent mark in 2019.
Meadows went 1-for-3 with an RBI ground-rule double and two walks in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.
Meadows' productive night was a particularly welcome sight for a player that had come into the game mired in a 2-for-27 slump. The brief reprieve from the abysmal stretch was partly blemished by the fact Meadows whiffed on the two occasions in which he did make an out, pushing his September strikeout total to 15 over 35 plate appearances.
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