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Tampa Bay Rays prospect Kevin Padlo resumes baseball activities

The infielder was suffering from severe headaches earlier this year

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Kevin Padlo has been cleared to resume baseball activities after being shutdown earlier this spring with a non-baseball related illness. It turns out the illness were severe headaches that he had been suffering since arriving in the area towards late March. However, after undergoing testing, the headaches were determined to be non-life threatening, which put Padlo at ease, and now he is taken to medication to help alleviate his ailments.

Acquired along with Corey Dickerson for pitchers Jake McGee and German Marquez just prior to the 2016 season, Padlo broke out in 2019 after finally fully recovering a broken hamate that he suffered early on in his tenure with the Rays.

At 23 years old, Padlo finished the season just a phone call away from Tampa Bay, clobbering the ball with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. Over 40 games with the Bulls, Padlo hit .290/.400/.595 with 9 home runs over 155 plate appearances.

Padlo would have been Rule-5 eligible this past winter, so the Rays added him to the 40-man roster in November.

Padlo entered camp as a longshot to make the Opening Day roster, but he was certain to receive some looks all over the infield for Kevin Cash and the Rays. However, with the recent turn of events, Padlo is just looking forward to being healthy by the start of minor league games in April.