It seems like we have published an article about injuries every other day this season, so I imagine that the fans of the Tampa Bay Rays are sick and tired of reading about the team's disabled list despondency. Don't worry, we feel your pain as we are sick and tired of writing about it. But the injury bug has bitten again, so we must write and you must read.
Just another day at the office.
After leaving the game in the seventh inning of Saturday's win against the Baltimore Orioles, Tim Beckham was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a right hamstring strain. Beckham joins James Loney, Desmond Jennings, and John Jaso as an additional position player on the shelf which also includes a list of starting pitchers and relief pitchers that is too long to type. By our count, he's the 23rd Rays player to be sidelined this season by injury or sickness.
Roger Mooney at the Tampa Tribune reports that a bullpen arm could be on the way up to replace Beckham's roster spot:
Rays manager Kevin Cash said a corresponding move will be made today when the Rays begin a three-game series against the Angels in Anaheim.
With utility fielder Jake Elmore already on the roster, the Rays could add a fresh arm to the bullpen since Cash needed five relievers to close Sunday's win.
"We tried to avoid using some of those arms in the pen," Cash said. "But it was important to get the win and get out of here on a good note."
And Marc Topkin over at the Tampa Bay Times speculates that it could be Andrew Bellatti:
If #Rays are calling up a pitcher to bolster bullpen, Bellatti seems to fit best from rostered options since he last pitched since Weds.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 1, 2015
Matt Andriese pitched yesterday, so he's unlikely to get the nod. Another utility infielder could get the call, but the likely answers may be held off a bit longer. Hak Ju Lee has another untimely injury holding him back from playing time, but speedy Ryan Brett just finished his rehab from his dislocated shoulder.
Bellatti in the short term, to spot behind Alex Colome's start tonight, then a promotion of Ryan Brett seems like a logical choice. Stay tuned for the Game Notes to see who was promoted.
In other news, if Evan Longoria, Logan Forsythe, or David DeJesus land on the disabled list, the staff here at DRaysBay might begin drawing straws to see who we will sacrifice to the baseball gods as a burnt offering. Stay tuned. Does anyone know if Hatfield has king's blood?
Other Rays' Notes:
-- John Romano at the Times reports that the Tampa Bay Rays' front office might be trying to manipulate the price of their tickets and their perceived scarcity. I wonder how they could possibly think they could fool anybody into thinking that a ticket at the Trop is a rare commodity.
--Throw some pine tar on that bat and some conditioner on that glove and head out to Texas to try out for your very own Tampa Bay Rays. The team is holding four open tryouts in the month of June. Dates and locations are in the link.