First, the good news: The Rays finished the last week before the All-Star Break with a 6-1 record, completing a four game sweep of the Red Sox and taking two of three from the suddenly relevant Orioles. They hold the top Wild Card spot, and are 13 behind the Yankees in the AL East.
In addition, Pete Fairbanks finally made his season debut. Though he got tagged for a home run, he looked to have all his stuff back. Brandon Lowe also made his return to the lineup, and looked to be in midseason form. Which is very, very good news, since this is the middle of the season.
On the down side, the Jalen Beeks hit the IL with right lower leg tightness, and Harold Ramírez went down with a broken thumb courtesy of an 0-2 fastball from Jordan Lyles.
Harold Ramirez has a Right Thumb Fracture, will be reevaluated in two weeks.— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) July 17, 2022
He was hit by a pitch in the first inning.
So we’re in next man up territory once again, and the Rays vaunted depth will be once again be tested.
The Major League draft started on Sunday evening. And I think we can all agree that the highlights was Rob Manfred getting booed.
Here’s Rob Manfred getting booed for 54 seconds. Enjoy pic.twitter.com/OzMFDSvPu9— Andrew Harts (@AndrewHarts) October 28, 2020
Wait, no, that was the wrong clip. Here ya go.
Watching Rob Manfred getting booed off, handing THE trophy to the Atlanta Braves, then squirm off stage might have been a top 5 moment of the game. #ChopOn #Braves #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/a2nm2hsjdX— Jay Shuler (@jaydshuler) November 3, 2021
Shoot, that’s the wrong one too. Third times the charm, right?
Rob Manfred getting Booed in Cooperstown pic.twitter.com/KnnuinjiD1— Days since a SOX injury: ♂️ (@SultanOfClout) September 8, 2021
Dammit! Who knew there were so many clips of Rob Manfred getting booed?
Commissioner Rob Manfred gets Boo’d at the MLB Draft pic.twitter.com/TsnDLdmU7R— Days since a SOX injury: ♂️ (@SultanOfClout) July 17, 2022
In the actual draft, the biggest surprise of day one was Kumar Rocker going #3 to the Rangers.
Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter reuniting in the Rangers’ rotation pic.twitter.com/98xuUSgr0N— Jordan Wolf (@byjordanwolf) July 17, 2022
As for the Rays? They made a very un-Rasy pick at #29, grabbing 6’4”, 240 lb high school first baseman, Xavier Isaac.
In other notable picks, Jackson Holliday, son of Matt Holliday, went #1 to the Orioles, Druw Jones, son of Andruw, went #2 to the Diamondbacks, and Carl Crawford’s son Justin went #17 to Philadelphia.
The draft continues today and tomorrow.
When: Monday, July 18, 2 p.m. ET
When: Tuesday, July 19, 2 p.m. ET
In other news, MLB settled a class action suit with minor leaguers.
Taj Bradley and Curtis Mead played in the Futures Game.
How each team’s prospects fared in the Futures Game. https://t.co/cFSxL4L7RB— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 17, 2022
Harold Ramírez wasn’t the only broken finger victim this week. Chris Sale took a liner off his pitching hand on Sunday, and, well, fingers aren’t supposed to point like that.
Chris Sale's pitching hand gets absolutely fucked up pic.twitter.com/44sq3sqrJv— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) July 17, 2022
Juan Soto turned down 15/$440M.
BREAKING: Juan Soto rejects $440M offer. Nationals will now entertain trading him. Story: https://t.co/u4ubuImb2S— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 16, 2022
Robinson Canó is a Brave.
Braves acquire Robinson Canó from Padres in exchange for cash, per reportshttps://t.co/5n6weyVYk0— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) July 11, 2022
Christian Bethancourt is a second half rebound candidate.
Kevin Kiermaier deals with the real possibility that his season is over.
#Rays Kiermaier facing reality of uncertain future due: “I’ve definitely over this past week have had a whirlwind of emotions going through my mind.”— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 17, 2022
Also notes on B. Lowe returning, Yarbrough pitching, Aranda leaving, Bradley and Mead showing off, more https://t.co/vzJu0LbSGC
David Hess is done for the year.
Our sister site Royals Review did a great job covering the ten (10!) Royals who could not make the trip to Toronto due to their vaccination status.
This piece is great not just because it articulately expresses how frustrated many fans feel toward unvaxed players (who take all kinds of other shots to stay on the field) but because the first few paragraphs effectively shoot down all the reply guys. https://t.co/rJhfoENDgf— Noel Murray (@NoelMu) July 14, 2022
Friend of the site R.J. Anderson on under the radar moves that have paid off so far. Harold Ramírez makes the list.
Five under-the-radar MLB moves that have paid off in 2022, including Yankees getting Jose Trevino https://t.co/mSr7wXbB3w— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) July 14, 2022
Charlie Montoyo was fired by the Blue Jays, and maybe it was justified or maybe it wasn’t. What is definitely true is that Anonymous Player is a coward. Own your actions, bud.
Turns out the shift rules they’ve implemented in the minor leagues hasn’t made much of a difference. Enter: the Pie Slice Rule.
Cole Wilcox’s journey back from TJS.
“I think when I get back I won’t take for granted a single pitch" - @ColeWilcox11— Prospects Live (@ProspectsLive) July 12, 2022
Tommy John surgery recovery weighs heavily on athletes for a multitude of reasons. @JaredCP1 spoke with #Rays RHP Cole Wilcox about his journey thus far. https://t.co/8h3Xy8vdNy
Yadier Molina got ejected from a basketball game.
As you may or may not know, Joey Gallo has had a rough go of it this year, hitting .164/.288/.342. At least some Yankee fans have kept their sense of humor about it.
This happened during the Fox Saturday Night Baseball game. If you don’t know, that’s Ground Zero. Fox released a statement apologizing on Sunday.
If you don’t follow Tom House, you should. Great pitching commentary, as well as just great baseball content.
Today, pro baseball players are superhuman. Starters are throwing 101mph deep into games. Shortstops throw 100.5mph.— Tom House 〽️ (@tomhouse) July 17, 2022
If people are nostalgic for old-school baseball, it means they miss a more achievable version of baseball.
Palate cleanser: More Little Leaguers living their best lives.