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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Rays close to signing the Lowe bros

Updates on other injured Rays, Lowe Brothers are almost Rays, and is Bartolo Colon the reason for the downfall of Big Game James?

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The Rays were able to use some of that potentially potent offense to comeback and get a tough fought win last night.

Unfortunately, Steven Souza Jr left the game with "left hip soreness" after a diving catch attempt. Hopefully this will not keep Souza out long, as the Rays can ill afford more key injuries to a team already reeling from the injury bug.


- Sam Blum is reporting some updates on the progress of rehabbing Rays, including some info on Kiermaier's injured hand.

- Rays are starting to get their draft picks signed, including the Lowe brothers (Rays 1st and 13th round picks).

- It's still close enough to still talk draft talk right? Baseball Prospectus has a re-draft of the 2014 draft. In this re-do, the Rays actual selection Casey Gillaspie is taken a pick before the Rays. If available, would the Rays still take Gillaspie, and if off the board, who would the Rays take?

- Tony Blengino at Fangraphs breaks down the 2016 contact-quality of 1B and DH batters.

- James Shields is not right. I pains me to watch him pitch so poorly right now. So far in his two game White Sox career, Shields has given up 13 runs, 6 BBs, 3Ks, 7 Innings pitched, and gamescores of 12 and 20. Yikes. Nicolas Stellini of Beyond the Boxscore asks the questions we are all wondering, "Did Bartolo Colon break James Shields?".