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Rays place Steve Pearce on disabled list, call-up Garton

Steve Pearce has been the Rays' most consistent hitter.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Steve Pearce has been the Rays' most consistent hitter.

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UPDATE, 6:06: Pearce said it is frustrating to be out for a while but he understands the decision: "We're going to go to the DL let it get better and come back ready to go. I don't want it to linger, if we can just take two weeks off and get it right then I think that's the right thing to do.''

UPDATE, 5:55: Pearce will go back to St. Pete on Wednesday for an MRI and possibly an injection. He is hopeful of returning in the minimum two weeks but a three-week absence seems more likely. Cash noted the significance of his absence and said it is time for others to step up. ... Cash said Franklin will get a chance to play as he wants to rest a few players on either side of the Thursday off-day in advance of the Saturday DH.

DEVELOPING: There was more bad news for the Rays this afternoon as they put Steve Pearce, who has been their most consistent hitter, on the DL with a right hamstring strain.

Pearce was injured in the ninth inning on Monday and had hoped with a couple days rest he could return.


Pearce has been the Rays most consistent hitter with a .322 average, nine homers and 25 RBIs, plus a .393 on-base percentage.

Pearce has been the Rays most consistent hitter with a .322 average, nine homers and 25 RBIs, plus a .393 on-base percentage.

RHP Ryan Garton was called up to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.

That was their second move of the day, as they also placed OF Mikie Mahtook on the DL, after he fractured his left hand on Monday. INF Nick Franklin was called up to take Mahtook's place, though Taylor Motter will move to the outfield.

The Rays got what seems like good news on Mahtook, who was hit by a Josh Tomlin pitch. An exam in St. Petersburg by specialist Dr. Doug Carlan showed a non-displaced fracture and no need for surgery, meaning Mahtook could return in as soon as six weeks.

Garton, who likely won't arrive until after the game starts, was called up to add an extra arm to the bullpen. RHP Erasmo Ramirez had another rough outing on Monday, and the Rays plan to use RHP Matt Andriese to start on Saturday in their doubleheader at Baltimore.

 

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:05pm]

    

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