McKay (2-4) took the loss against the Rangers on Thursday, giving up three earned runs on six hits over 3.1 innings, striking out two and walking two as the Rays eventually fell 6-4.
After locking down the Blue Jays in an abbreviated 3.2-inning start his last time out, McKay couldn't carry it over to this contest and wound up taking his fourth loss of the year. The 23-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but his overall numbers remain lackluster, with a 5.27 ERA and 1.45 WHIP to his name across 42.2 innings.
McKay is scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Rangers in Texas.
As anticipated, McKay will receive a second turn through the rotation after shining in his return to the big leagues versus Toronto over the past weekend. Though he was pulled before reaching the 60-pitch mark, McKay made the most of his time on the mound, spinning 3.2 shutout innings while striking out seven and issuing no walks. The Rays are expected to manage McKay's workload carefully again Thursday, which may hurt his chances of factoring into the decision.
McKay struck out seven and allowed only one hit with zero walks across 3.2 scoreless innings during a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.
The 23-year-old didn't pitch long enough to capture the win, but he was impressive, striking out seven of the 12 batters he faced. He also retired the final nine batters he squared off against. This snaps quite a cold spell for McKay, but despite the great outing Friday, he is still 2-3 with a 5.03 ERA. He also has a 1.37 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 39.1 big-league innings innings this season. McKay is scheduled to pitch at the Angels next Saturday.
McKay will start Friday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
There was a chance the Rays could use an opener Friday and have McKay work as the primary pitcher, but he'll instead be utilized as a traditional starter. The 23-year-old has struggled in his last two big-league outings with 11 runs allowed (seven earned) and a 8:9 K:BB in six frames.
McKay will either start or work as the primary pitcher Friday against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He has not pitched more than four innings since Aug. 7, so fantasy managers would prefer that he follow an opener to give him a better chance of qualifying for a win. The Rays now have several primary pitcher candidates and a couple more (Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell) expected to join the mix this month, so it may be tricky to get a read on exactly when McKay will be pitching each week.
McKay was recalled by the Rays on Tuesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
The highly rated prospect made his debut in late June but has yet to fully establish himself. He owns a 5.55 ERA in 35.2 big-league innings thus far. He's been exclusively a starter in his eight appearances to this point, though the Rays could use him as a bulk reliever down the stretch. He's expected to pitch Friday in some capacity, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McKay (shoulder) struck out eight and allowed just a hit and a walk over three scoreless innings in Triple-A Durham's loss to Gwinnett on Saturday.
McKay ripped through Stripers hitters over 53 pitches, 39 of which found the strike zone. The southpaw showed no signs of the shoulder fatigue that had briefly landed him on the minor-league injured list Monday, and now having proven his health, he's slated to rejoin in the Rays in the coming days.
McKay (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McKay was placed on the minor-league injured list Monday due to left shoulder fatigue. If everything goes well in his return to action Saturday, the left-hander could rejoin the big club shortly thereafter for the stretch run. Across eight big-league appearances this season, McKay has thrown 35.2 innings and owns a 5.55 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 41:12 K:BB.
McKay was placed on the 7-day injured list Monday due to left shoulder fatigue, retroactive to Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The specifics surrounding McKay's injury are unclear at this point, though he's not expected to require a lengthy stay on the injured list. He's posted a 0.93 ERA and 0.83 WHIP with a 32:8 K:BB over 29 innings this season for Triple-A Durham.
McKay was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Monday's start against the Mariners, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
McKay struggled in Monday's outing, surrendering seven runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks over two frames, and as a result, he's been demoted to Durham. Hoby Milner was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
McKay (2-3) gave up seven runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out one through two innings to take the loss against the Mariners on Monday.
Two early errors made the earned run total look more appealing, but this was a tough start as McKay allowed seven runs in only two frames. The 23-year-old has a 5.55 ERA and a 41:12 K:BB through eight starts this season. McKay will make his next start Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
McKay did not factor into the decision against San Diego on Tuesday, hurling four innings and giving up four runs on five hits and six walks while striking out seven.
McKay entered the gave having issued only three walks in 29.2 innings but doubled that amount in his four frames against the Padres. He threw only 45 of 83 pitches for strikes but made batters miss when he did get the ball over the plate, registering seven strikeouts among the 12 total outs he recorded. The 23-year-old now sports a 5.08 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 40:9 K:BB in 33.2 innings and will next take on the Mariners on Monday.
McKay (2-2) allowed three earned runs on six hits and a walk while striking out eight across five innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
McKay continued to post impressive strikeout totals, with this performance backed by 14 swinging strikes on 93 total pitches. The outing was soured by two long balls, though both were solo shots. He now has a 4.55 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 33 strikeouts across 29.2 innings in his first taste of the major leagues. He's currently penciled in to make his next start Monday at San Diego.
McKay is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.
The Rays have taken advantage of McKay's minor-league options to shuttle him in and out of the rotation when the team has lighter schedules, but he'll stick around with the big club for the foreseeable future with ace Blake Snell on the mend from elbow surgery. McKay has looked like a serviceable mid-rotation arm through his first five turns, posting a 4.38 ERA (3.53 FIP) to go with a strong 22.6 K-BB%.
McKay (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk across 5.1 innings Thursday to earn the win over the Red Sox. He struck out seven.
McKay got off to an inauspicious start by allowing three of the first four hitters to reach base, including a two-run home run by Xander Bogaerts. He settled down nicely afterward, and although he later surrendered a solo shot to Bogaerts, McKay left with a lead and wound up with his second big-league win. The lefty was rocked for six runs in his previous outing at this level, so Thursday's effort was a positive sign for both the Rays and fantasy owners. He should get another turn next week at home against Toronto.
McKay was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays traded away three relievers Wednesday, so McKay will provide bullpen insurance for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. The rookie left-hander is expected to start Thursday's series finale if he ultimately goes unused Wednesday. Through four big-league appearances, McKay owns a 3.72 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 18:1 K:BB in 19.1 innings.
McKay could be recalled from Triple-A Durham to pitch either Wednesday or Thursday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tampa Bay has yet to reveal it's pitching plans for the rest of the week, though McKay appears to be firmly in the mix for a promotion. He's started four games this season in the majors, posting a 3.72 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 18 punchouts over 19.1 frames.
The Rays optioned McKay to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
After dazzling in his first three big-league outings, McKay hit his first bump in the road in Friday's loss to the White Sox, lasting just 3.1 innings while surrendering six runs (five earned) on nine hits. One bad outing alone probably won't take McKay out of consideration for a spot in the Tampa Bay rotation, as his demotion may have come with roster flexibility in mind more than anything else. McKay could very well receive a call back to Tampa Bay once he's eligible to rejoin the big club in 10 days.
McKay (1-1) was hit with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits while striking out five over 3.1 innings Friday against the White Sox.
McKay got off to a rough start in this one, giving up a run in the first inning following by three in the second and two more in the fourth prior to being lifted. The southpaw struggled mightily in his first outing since the All-Star break, though he still owns a 3.72 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 18 punchouts over 19.1 innings this season. He figures to remain in Tampa Bay's rotation moving forward.
McKay was recalled as expected to start Friday against the White Sox.
McKay owns an excellent 1.69 ERA over his first three major-league starts, walking just a single batter in 16 innings. He was sent down over the All-Star break and again after appearing as the 26th man during a doubleheader for his previous start, but those were roster management moves that did not reflect on his ability. He'll have a good shot to remain with the Rays for the rest of the season going forward.
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