Rays Kotchman forced to leave win over Indians with an ankle sprain
Rays first baseman Casey Kotchman was forced to leave the Rays' 7-0 win over the Indians Sunday after the fourth inning with right ankle sprain he received sliding into second base in an unsuccessful attempt to stretch a single into a double. He is day-to-day.
Kotchman, the former Seminole High star went 1-for-2 to raise his average to .361. He was not expected to start Monday against Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland and will be replaced at first by Felipe Lopez.
"I hate to lose him. It's not only about his offense, but his defense,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "You see what we do, we do so many good things defensively. Pitching and that has been our constant. Yes, his offense has been great. But I don't want to miss him defensively, either.''