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Rays' Tommy Pham: Only bright spot in blowout
Pham went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and another two-bagger in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Pham was responsible for the only run of the day for the Rays, and he generated the team's sole multi-hit effort as well in the blowout defeat. The slugging outfielder's bat has been blistering hot since June 12, as he's gone 14-for-32 with three doubles, one home run, six RBI, three walks and five runs over the eight games during that stretch.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Blake Snell: Falls flat versus Yankees
Snell (4-6) took the loss Wednesday against the Yankees by surrendering six runs on two hits while recording only one out. He had four walks and zero strikeouts.
Snell gave up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez and then issued three walks to load the bases before exiting the game, and all three runners came around to score. The 26-year-old has eight walks and 10 runs allowed (nine earned) in his last two starts and will look to turn things around Tuesday at Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Austin Pruitt: Rejoining Rays on Thursday
Pruitt will be recalled from Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Pruitt will provide the Rays with a fresh bullpen arm for Thursday's series opener after Wednesday's starter, Blake Snell, lasted just one out. Adam Kolarek was sent to the minors following Wednesday's 12-1 loss to free up a roster spot for Pruitt.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Adam Kolarek: Sent to minors
Kolarek was optioned to Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The Rays will swap Kolarek out for a fresh bullpen arm (Austin Pruitt) ahead of Thursday's series opener after Wednesday's starter, Blake Snell, lasted just one out. Kolarek pitched 1.1 innings of relief in Wednesday's 12-1 loss, allowing three runs on one hit and two walks while striking out three.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Benched against lefty
Kiermaier is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
The Rays are taking on a southpaw (CC Sabathia) in the series finale, so Kiermaier and fellow lefty hitter Joey Wendle will check out of the lineup. Kiermaier has remained productive through the first two-plus weeks of June, batting .274 with two home runs, 10 RBI, nine runs and three steals in 16 contests.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Joey Wendle: Sitting versus lefty
Wendle is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Wendle has managed only one hit in 17 at-bats in his first five games back from the 10-day injured list, but he should continue to benefit from at least semi-regular action after the Rays moved corner infielder Yandy Diaz (hamstring) to the IL on Wednesday. The Rays may continue to confine the lefty-swinging Wendle to the bench versus southpaws, however, as will be the case in the series finale with CC Sabathia on the hill for New York.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Mike Zunino: Gets day off
Zunino is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Zunino will get a routine breather for the day game after stepping in behind the plate both of the past two nights. With Zunino on the bench, Travis d'Arnaud will draw the start at catcher and bat leadoff.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Daniel Robertson: Recalled, starting in matinee game
Robertson was recalled from Triple-A Durham and will start at third base and bat ninth Wednesday against the Yankees, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
He'll assume the active roster spot of corner infielder Yandy Diaz, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring discomfort. Robertson's ability to play three infield spots should give him multiple avenues into the lineup, but the newly reinstated Joey Wendle offers similar versatility and may be the likelier bet to replace Diaz when the Rays oppose right-handed pitchers.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Lands on IL
The Rays placed Diaz (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Diaz had shown limited improvement in his recovery from a right hamstring injury since he last played Sunday, prompting the Rays to shut him down for at least another week. According to Tolentino, the third baseman will stay with the team to rehab, and the hope is that he'll be ready to return next week in Minnesota after a minimum stay on the shelf. Tampa Bay recalled Daniel Robertson from Triple-A Durham to restore some depth in the infield, but Joey Wendle appears to be the likelier candidate to assume Diaz's spot in the everyday lineup.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Travis d'Arnaud: Successful out of leadoff spot
D'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with an RBI double in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
The veteran backstop hit out of the top of the order for the first time this season and enjoyed a successful night at the plate overall. It's been a very productive month of June for d'Arnaud after a very slow start to his Rays tenure, as Tuesday's multi-hit effort was his fourth of the month and pushed his average since the calendar flipped to an impressive .355.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Ryan Yarbrough: Yields zero runs in three frames
Yarbrough pitched three innings, giving up no runs on one hit with two strikeouts and no walks during a no-decision against the Yankees on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old entered as planned after Ryne Stanek recorded the first four outs. Yarbrough departed with nobody on base and one out in the fifth, but the Rays' next reliever immediately found trouble and allowed three runs in the frame. Yarbough didn't factor into the decision, but owners have to like his near-perfect three innings after a couple subpar starts during his last three outings. He is 5-3 with a 5.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 36 strikeouts across 5.1 innings during 11 appearances, four of which have been starts. Although it's unclear whether he will start again or be deployed as a longer reliever after an opener, Yarbough's next turn in the rotation will be Sunday in Oakland.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Matt Duffy: Taking batting practice Tuesday
Duffy (hamstring) is scheduled to take batting practice and then get 4-to-5 at-bats in a simulated game Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Duffy was placed on the injured list at the beginning of the season due to a left hamstring strain, though he appears to be making steady progress after it was determined that he won't require surgery. A timetable for his return is still up in the air at this point, but the team should have a better idea of where Duffy stands following Tuesday's activities.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Yandy Diaz: Nursing hamstring injury
Diaz isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Yankees due to a hamstring issue, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays are holding Diaz out for the second straight day as a precaution, and they're optimistic that he won't require a trip to the injured list. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Rays' Tyler Glasnow: Successful bullpen session
Glasnow (forearm) was surprised at how good he felt after Tuesday's bullpen session, and thinks he will throw another bullpen session Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
He only threw fastballs, but the session went off without a hitch. It is unclear what the next step will be, but it sounds like he will need at least one more bullpen session where he possibly incorporates his curveball. Glasnow will need a rehab assignment at some point before returning to the big-league rotation, so it seems unlikely that he is back until after the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less