Rays' Forsythe sidelined by back issue — due to a used towel
Logan Forsythe is out of the Rays lineup for a second straight day due to a used towel.
Forsythe said he was bending down to pick up the towel and toss it into a bin in the Rays clubhouse Tuesday afternoon when he felt his back spasm, and he remains unavailable to play again today, eyeing a Friday return.
"I grabbed my towel, turned to throw it in the bin over there and just shutdown mode," Forsythe said Wednesday morning. "I walked back (to the trainers room), "Um, I can't really move and I don't know why?" And they're like yeah, your back spazzed up. So I don't know where it came from."
Forsythe said he has never had back issues before but was told by team doctors he should be fine in a couple days. "I think it's a little better today," he said. "The big thing, the pain is manageable, it's just lack of movement. I don't have much rotation."
Forsythe, who had hit five homers in his previous nine games, said he would try to get loose to be available to pinch-hit today, but "I don't see it happening." He said it made sense to "be smart" and take advantage of Thursday's off-day with the goal to return Friday.
This is the second towel-related incident in recent Rays history. LHP David Price had to leave a 2012 spring training start early after having spasms in his neck from toweling off his head too vigorously in the dugout.
At the time, then manager Joe Maddon suggest Price have a cornerman to handle toweling duties.
The Rays have a hard-working clubhouse staff under Jose Fernandez, but Forsythe said he would not consider leaving the dirty work to someone else.
"No," he said, "I can throw my own towel away."