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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Boxberger leaves early in 1st appearance of 2016

Rays could use a fresh start as the calendar turns to June.

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So, things have been going less than great for the Rays lately. Last night Brad Boxberger made his first appearance of 2016, after starting the season rehabbing from core muscle repair surgery. It was unfortunately short lived, as Boxxy had to leave the game with what was reported as a "left side muscle strain".

It does indeed suck Boxxy. Get better soon.

Steve Pearce also left the game early, but Topkin's reports sound encouraging.


The Rays could use bullpen help. Perhaps a return of Lord Farquhar?

- has a nice article profiling the return of Jake Hager and his quest for versatility.

- Stadium talk! On Tuesday, the Rays met with Tampa and Hillsborough County to discuss nine potential stadium sites.

- Jerry Burnes at Beyond the Boxscore breaks down some of the next "superstar" shortstops ready to breakthrough to the majors soon. I say some because no love or mention of the absolutely beastly Willy Adames. Sleep on Adames at your peril.

- Clayton Kershaw has given up 5 walks this season. 5 BBs all damn season! That's insane, and Grant Brisbee takes a look at each one of those walks.

- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs asks, "What is the pitching equivalent to a .400 hitter?"

-Also on Fangraphs, Nathaniel Grow pondered some potential legal implications from Biometric Data from wearable tech.

- Chris Mitchell at The Hardball Times done into the idea that uncompetitive wages in the minor leagues might deterring talent. Immediately a lot of folks might argue that "being paid thousands of dollars to play baseball" leaves folks little room to complain, but it's an interesting argument to dive into when you compare median incomes and 10th percentile level payments in specific fields.