Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Forsythe sore and "day to day" after being hit on shoulder, leaving game

SEATTLE — Rays 2B Logan Forsythe left Monday's game against the Mariners with a bruised left shoulder after being hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch.

Forsythe said X-rays were negative and though still sore he would see how he felt Tuesday and considered his availability "day to day.'' He did also note that the Rays were off Thursday, so it could be he is out until Friday.

"We're going to go day to day right now,'' he said. "The soreness is going to be there so we'll see how it feels in the morning.''

Forsythe, the Rays' leading hitter, was batting in the third inning when he was hit, near the "F" on his nameplate. He took first and moved up to second on a wild pitch. He headed onto the field to take his position for the bottom of the inning but felt enough discomfort that he left the game, replaced by Tim Beckham.

"It got me in a bad spot,'' Forsythe said. "Couldn't really lift the arm up, wasn't really functioning at the time.''

Forsythe has been one of the Rays' top performers this season, hitting .308 with four homers and 12 RBIs and playing excellent defense.

NO DEBATE: The Rays aren't going to have a closer controversy.

When RHP Brad Boxberger returns from the DL in what now projects to be late May or possibly early June, expect him to reclaim his job as closer and RHP Alex Colome to become his primary setup man.

But until then, the Rays will appreciate the job Colome has done filling in, especially as he is perfect in converting nine save opportunities, including the Rays' previous four games before a planned Monday night off.

"He's handled it tremendously well," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "When Box gets back … when Box closes games out, Alex is still going to play a huge role. We're so fortunate that he has kind of taken to this role."

Colome said he has indeed taken to the role, taking advantage of the adrenaline rush that comes with the responsibility of getting the final three outs.

"It's fun to be the closer for the first year in my career," he said. "That makes me feel good, happy. And to do the best job I can do."

He also said he knows that Boxberger, who led the American League last season with 41 saves, will reclaim his role when he completes his recovery from March 17 core muscle repair surgery.

"He comes in and takes his spot and I take the spot I had last year, the eighth, seventh" innings, Colome said. "Nothing has to change in my mind — I still have to do my job, and every time they give me the chance to pitch I have to do it."

Boxberger, meanwhile, threw his second live batting practice session Monday in Port Charlotte and was sharper with those 30 pitches than Friday. Based on how he feels today, he will throw either another live BP or in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

FOR STARTERS, ANDRIESE: RHP Matt Andriese did well enough in beating the Angels on Sunday that the Rays plan to keep him in the rotation, Cash said. Still to be decided is whether the Rays will keep the starters in order after Thursday's off day and pitch Andriese on Saturday or push him back as far as May 17 in Toronto. Andriese staying in the rotation would mean RHP Erasmo Ramirez stays in the bullpen and top LHP prospect Blake Snell in the minors for now.

JENNINGS JUMBLE: OF Desmond Jennings was not in the lineup for the third time in five games as he tries to work through a 1-for-32 slump and Cash tries to keep the lineup productive by juggling playing time.

Cash said there wasn't a clear answer to Jennings' woes, but he has been working hard, including early batting practice Monday, to get better, specifically to stay on top of the ball more.

"I see a guy that hasn't had a ton of consistent playing time over the last year and a half or so (due to injuries); that doesn't help," Cash said. "Probably his timing is a tick off right now.

"He's doing some things, he's a little out of the zone, swinging out of the zone. And he's taking some pitches that he probably can handle. That's a sign of a guy that's in a little bit of a funk. We saw, Des, the last two springs has probably been our most potent bat in spring training. Eventually it'll get back to that, it just takes some time.''

MISCELLANY: OF Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch for the MLB-most 10th time this season. ... DH Corey Dickerson has three hits in his last 37 at-bats and all are home runs. .... Advanced Class A Charlotte RHP Brent Honeywell was named the Rays top minor-league pitcher for April after going 2-0, 0.89 ERA in five starts, Class A Bowling Green SS Jake Cronenworth the top player, hitting .400 with a 1.007 OPS in 19 games. … Early heads-up, Fox Sports Sun is not providing TV coverage of Wednesday's 3:40 p.m. game, when RHP Chris Archer starts

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