Rai is likely to place outside players Manuel Margo And the Kevin Kiermayer Director Kevin Cash told reporters (including Mark Tobkin subordinate Tampa Bay Times). Both players exited early from tonight’s loss to the Yankees, and Margot in particular appears to be facing a lengthy absence.
Margot had to be moved off the field at the top of the ninth inning. Play the right field, jump into the wall in pursuit of Aaron Hicks Ball fly. He landed embarrassingly on his right knee after the collision and had to be taken off the field. Cash said after the match that he was diagnosed with a sprained knee and ominously remarked.Doesn’t look good. “
Meanwhile, Kiermayer left after the second half. The team later announced that he was dealing with an infection in his left hip, and this problem would apparently require him to miss at least a week and a half. This is the second time in five days that Kiermayer has had to come out early, and while his latest issue differs from the Achilles tendinitis that forced him to leave last Wednesday, it will result in an absence of sorts.
Needless to say, the loss of regular players would force Tampa Bay to plunge into its depths. Randy Arosarina He started on the designated hitter on each of the past two nights, but will now return to left field on a fairly daily basis. Prestigious Rookie Josh Lowe He was called up before tonight’s game after six weeks at Triple-A Durham. He thought he’d assume regular reps on either center field or right, but it remains to be seen how much offensive effect he will have. The 24-year-old has only had a .179/.257/.328 streak through his first 75 appearances on the MLB board; He posted big numbers with the bulls but also hit an alarming rate of 31.2% in minors.
Tampa Bay has a pair of backup defenders out of options in the active menu Britt Phillips And the Harold Ramirez. Both players could take on bigger roles with Margot and Kiermaier out, but it’s possible that both will be daily players. Phillips is an excellent defender but hits .172/.238/.291 with a 41.6% net rate. Ramirez performs in center position (.297/ .337/ .386) but has ranked as a well below average defender throughout his career.
The Rays could turn into a loose platoon arrangement between left-hitter Phillips and right-swinging Ramírez on the right field with Lowe, especially if they anticipate Kiermaier’s absence on the shorter side. Former Dodger Luke Raleigh He was on the 40-man roster and hit well at Durham, and could be called up to add some first-seat depth to the attack. It seems at least likely that the club will scour the market for potential outside additions, though, given the amount of uncertainty with Lowe, Phillips, Ramirez and Raleigh.
It was a difficult extension for Rays, who didn’t have their primary midsection Brandon Lowe And the Franco’s walk And their help number 1 Mike Zunino for weeks. Losing Margot and Kiermayer would leave the club without five of its regular players, and it’s no surprise that the team has faltered recently. Tampa Bay has fallen in six of its past seven games to drop to 36-31. They now sit at half-back for the Red Sox for the last spot in the MLS Wild Cards.
Not only was the news of the severe injury limited to what happened tonight, Cash also gave a disappointing update on the Savior Nick Anderson before the match. The right-hand man has been at IL all season after undergoing a UCL bracket procedure last October. The initial recovery timeline suggested a possible comeback around the All-Star break, but Cash said he still feels uncomfortable and will be subject to further evaluation tomorrow (Topkin link). Obviously more will be known in the coming days, but it seems unlikely that the 31-year-old will return to the major league stack in the near future.
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