Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham was removed from the first game of Saturday’s double-header against the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the second inning.
Pham had already been dealing with a sore calf after straining it during a game last week against the Minnesota Twins. Pham’s calf issue caused him to miss five games. Fortunately for the Rays and Pham, the X-Rays came back negative on his wrist.
When Pham plays, the Rays win the majority of the time as they are 62-31 when he is in the lineup since his acquisition on July 31st, 2018.
Thus far in 2019, Pham is hitting .289/.403/.464 with 8 HR over 253 plate appearances, and he has accrued 2.0 fWAR over 55 games played.
The beanball has injured a couple of Rays already this season with Yandy Diaz and Joey Wendle, both spending time on the Injured List thanks to errant pitches. Diaz dealt with a sore wrist for his injury, while Wendle’s wrist actually fractured. He has been out since late April with the injury, but has recently begun a rehab assignment. He is slated to play shortstop with the Triple-A Durham Bulls later on tonight.