McCarthy was selected to the 40-man roster to ensure protection from the Rule 5 draft. Despite suffering a broken right hand while playing in the Arizona Fall League, he's expected to be ready for spring training and should open the season at Triple-A Durham.
McCarthy fractured his right hand playing in the Arizona Fall League, though he's expected to be ready for spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Prior to suffering the injury, McCarthy hit .239/.375/.370 with one homer across 13 Arizona Fall League games. The 24-year-old spent all of the 2018 season with Triple-A Durham, slashing .269/.377/.513 with eight homers and three steals across 47 games -- he missed nearly three months with a back injury. While he's expected to be fully healthy in time to compete for an Opening Day roster spot, McCarthy seems more likely to open the 2019 campaign at Triple-A.
McCarthy is on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Durham with an undisclosed injury.
The 24-year-old Virginia product has primarily played left field this year, but has also seen time in center field and at first base. He hit an impressive .265/.385/.479 with five home runs and two steals in 143 plate appearances prior to the injury. Given how slowly the Rays promote players, a promotion to the majors may not be in the cards until 2019, even if McCarthy is able to return and pick up where he left off.
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