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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Blake Snell has frustrating return from injury

The Rays lead in the division down to 1.5 games

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On Wednesday afternoon, Blake Snell made his return from the 10-day Injured List and had a frustrating outing as he struggled to put away the Kansas City Royal hitters and the Rays would eventually fall to Kansas City by the score of 10-2.

Working with a 65 pitch limit, Snell pitched one out into the 4th inning and finished having allowed three runs — two earned — on five hits, while he walked two and struck out three.

“Frustrating, for sure,” said Snell, describing, his outing. “Happy to get back out there. Happy to feel it again. It’s just a game that I felt different. I don’t know. I felt good, but it was weird. Just frustrating.”

The left-hander said a good indicator that his outing wasn’t as going as well as he had hoped was when he spiked a couple of fastballs in the dirt, which is very uncharacteristic.

“It was something that I’m gonna have to go watch and see what I was really doing, but it was just different,” Snell said. “I noticed because when I’m spiking fastball, that’s just not -- I don’t do that. So that was frustrating.”

Offensively, the Rays only scored two runs but racked up nine hits. Brandon Lowe, Tommy Pham, and Joey Wendle all had multi-hit days. Unfortunately for Wendle and the Rays, Wendle would suffer a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch during the sixth inning. He will be out for several weeks and possibly months as he recovers.

Ryan Yarbrough struggled during the game and allowed seven runs on eight hits over 4 13 innings pitched. He would be optioned to Triple-A Durham following the end of the game, a corresponding roster move has yet to be announced.

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