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Rays' Brett Phillips: Playing time likely trending down
Phillips is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With Manuel Margot (hamstring) manning right field Wednesday in his return from the 10-day injured list, Phillips looks set to move into a reserve role in the Tampa Bay outfield. Phillips had started each of the Rays' last nine games and went 10-for-29 (.345 average) with two home runs, four doubles, three stolen bases, six runs and four RBI during that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Mike Zunino: On bench Wednesday
Zunino isn't starting Wednesday against the Marlins, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Zunino started in the last two games and went 2-for-8 with four strikeouts. Francisco Mejia will start behind the plate and bat seventh.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Taylor Walls: On bench Wednesday
Walls is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With Yandy Diaz (shoulder) returning from a two-game absence to cover third base, Walls will take a seat for the series finale. Even if Diaz ends up seeing most of his starts at the hot corner moving forward, Walls would still have a pathway to playing time at the keystone, where Vidal Brujan hasn't provided much of an impact at the plate while serving as the primary replacement for the injured Brandon Lowe (back).... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Rejoins lineup
Diaz (shoulder) will start at third base and bat third in Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
As manager Kevin Cash predicted would be the case, Diaz returns to the lineup Wednesday after a strained left shoulder kept him on the bench for the past two games. With Diaz back in action at third base, Taylor Walls will retreat to the bench for the series finale.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Dusten Knight: Sent down by Rays
Knight was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Knight made two relief appearances after being recalled by the Rays on Sunday, and he allowed an unearned run on a hit and two walks while striking out one in 3.1 innings. The right-hander will head back to the minors after Manuel Margot (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Manuel Margot: Reinstated from injured list
Margot (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Margot was on the injured list since May 15 due to a right hamstring strain, but he'll be activated after spending the minimum of 10 days on the shelf. The 27-year-old has gotten off to a strong start this season, as he's slashed .348/.412/.500 with three homers, a triple, three doubles, 21 RBI, 10 runs and five stolen bases.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Carson Williams: Enticing results in Single-A
Williams is hitting .323/.418/.600 with four homers, 12 steals, 1 RBI and 25 runs across 33 games for Single-A Charleston.
That 1.018 OPS is the good news; the bad news is that Williams has a 33.3 percent strikeout rate. He's also drawing walks at a decent clip (13.1 percent), but he'll need to cut down on those swing-and-miss issues to have any hope of hitting for decent average in the big leagues. Nonetheless, it's been an incredible start to the year for Williams, who's shown a ton of extra-base ability with 10 doubles and seven triples to accompany his four long balls. Considering his exploits on the bases, it seems like evaluators may have underestimated his speed. He should be a big riser on the midseason prospect lists.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Hustles for sixth homer
Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Marlins.
Kiermaier tallied an inside-the-park home run in the first inning when he hit a line drive that got past a diving Jesus Sanchez. Though unconventional, the performance continued Kiermaier's recent power surge, as he has now collected four home runs with seven RBI and 10 runs scored in his last 10 games. Kiermaier has maintained a .255/.293/.464 line across 116 plate appearances on the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Harold Ramirez: Slugs first homer
Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Marlins.
Ramirez has started nine of the Rays' last 10 games, though he had only one extra-base hit in that span entering Tuesday. That changed when he slugged his first homer of the season in the second inning, though Ramirez still has just a .082 ISO across 105 plate appearances. He has found other ways to produce by maintaining a .289 batting average with 12 runs scored, and Ramirez should remain in the lineup so long as both Manuel Margot (hamstring) and Brandon Lowe (back) are sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Wander Franco: Hitless in return
Franco went 0-for-4 Tuesday against the Marlins.
Franco was in the lineup after missing two games due to a quadriceps injury. He was hitless and grounded out in all four of his plate appearances. More concerning is the fact that Franco is still dealing with discomfort and essentially remains day-to-day, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ji-Man Choi: Launches third homer
Choi went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double during Tuesday's 4-1 win against Miami.
Choi's last long ball came during the second week of the season, but he went deep during the sixth inning Tuesday to end the 20-game drought. Despite the lack of early power this season, the 31-year-old still has a strong .282/.380/.471 slash line to go with 19 RBI and 10 runs in 27 games.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Shane McClanahan: Fans nine in quality start
McClanahan (4-2) earned the win Tuesday versus the Marlins after allowing four hits with nine strikeouts and two walks in six scoreless innings.
The left-hander was unable to complete seven innings for the third consecutive start, but he still delivered another strong performance to notch his second straight win. McClanahan continues to pitch like an ace and has surrendered only one run while compiling a 27:3 K:BB in his last three outings. Through nine starts this season the 25-year-old has a 2.06 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 74:12 K:BB over 52.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Wander Franco: May need more days off
Franco is still considered somewhat day-to-day with a quadriceps issue despite the fact the he's in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Franco is in the lineup Tuesday after missing the last two games, but it sounds as though the Rays expect to keep managing the issue going forward. Expect a few more off days for the young shortstop than normal over the next week or so, but a trip to the injured list seems unlikely given that Franco was cleared to start Tuesday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Vidal Brujan: Takes seat Tuesday
Brujan is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Wander Franco's (quadriceps) return from a two-game absence looks like it'll knock Brujan out of the lineup, as the Rays will roll out an infield of Ji-Man Choi, Taylor Walls, Isaac Paredes and Franco to begin a two-game series with Miami. Playing time will likely only be more difficult to come by for Brujan if Yandy Diaz (shoulder) -- who is on the bench Tuesday for the second game in a row -- is able to avoid a stint on the 10-day injured list.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Wander Franco: Back in action
Franco (quadriceps) will bat second and play shortstop Tuesday against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Franco hurt his right quadriceps Friday against the Orioles and didn't start Saturday or Sunday, though he did appear off the bench in the series finale. He's ready to be a full participant following Monday's scheduled off day and will look to dig himself out of a slump which has seen him go 2-for-35 at the plate over his last 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Not starting Tuesday
Diaz (shoulder) is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tampa Bay will go with Ji-Man Choi and Isaac Paredes as its starters at the corner-infield spots in the series opener while Diaz gets more time off to heal up from his strained left shoulder. Before sitting out Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Orioles with the injury, Diaz had gone 7-for-17 with three runs scored and an RBI over his previous four games. Diaz doesn't look like a candidate to go on the 10-day injured list, as manager Kevin Cash said the 30-year-old is expected to re-enter the lineup Wednesday, according to Topkin.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Brett Phillips: Swipes two bags in loss
Phillips went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run, two stolen bases and a walk in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Orioles.
Phillips extended his hitting streak to six games Sunday, and he was active on the basepaths during the extra-inning loss. The 27-year-old has six extra-base hits over the last six games and has hit .476 with two homers, four doubles, six runs, four RBI and three stolen bases during that time.... See More ... See Less
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