The news we all knew was coming whether we want to admit it or not has come as the Rays have placed Logan Forsythe on the 15 day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, the 10th. The diagnosis is a hairline fracture on his left shoulder blade, suffered when he was hit with an arrant pitch from Felix Hernandez --how is that even a real sentence. Taking his place --temporarily -- is Danny Farquhar, whom the team has called back up from Triple-A Durham.
It is a mighty blow for the Rays as they have yet to win since Forsythe was taken out of Monday's game. Forsythe had been the team's leadoff hitter, easily providing the best offensive bat in the lineups and also providing some stellar defense at second base that has already been sorely missed.
Danny Farquhar will likely be with the Rays for just a game, possibly two, as the bullpen was taxed during yesterday's game. This will be his second stop in the majors leagues this year after winning a bullpen spot following spring training, but ineffectiveness caused him to be sent down.
The Rays will have a few options to go in replacing Forsythe as they could call upon Taylor Motter or Nick Franklin, who are both on the 40-man roster, or the Rays could also decide to go with a more offensive heavy option by giving Steve Pearce the starting second base job for a couple of weeks and promote Richie Shaffer from Durham to split time with Logan Morrison at first, and possibly with Steven Souza out in right field.