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UPDATE: Rays DL Boxberger with oblique injury, recall Beckham

Brad Boxberger strained a muscle on his left side Tuesday during his first appearance of the season.

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Brad Boxberger strained a muscle on his left side Tuesday during his first appearance of the season.

UPDATE, 7:01: Boxberger flew home and was examined by team doctors, who diagnosed him with an oblique strain, which will sideline him for at least another month. The window is typically 4-8 weeks, and the Rays will have a better sense of a timetable after the first week or so.

UPDATE, 3:45:
The Rays made it official, putting Boxberger on the DL with what they are calling a "left oblique injury" and recalled Beckham.


DEVELOPING: With RHP Brad Boxberger straining a muscle on his left side last night during his first appearance of the season, the Rays are likely to make a couple of roster moves today.

Given that Boxberger had just spent 10 weeks recovering and rehabbing from core muscle repair surgery on the same side, they would seem likely to place him on the DL no matter what further evaluation shows just to be cautious.

And given that INF Steve Pearce has left the last two games early related to issues with his right elbow due to a seasonlong bout of tendinitis, they also seem likely to bring up an infielders in his place.

They have been playing with just a three-man bench, and having even a question about Pearce's availability could be very problematic.

The most likely choices are Tim Beckham, who was sent down last week, or Nick Franklin, who has been at Durham all season.

That Beckham was not in the lineup for the Bulls' 1:05 game today would seem to indicate he is the choice. In four games since being sent down, Beckham is 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts.

More when we have it.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 7:01pm]

    

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