Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Disabled list new experience for Rays' Wil Myers

ST. PETERSBURG — RF Wil Myers had never found himself in a situation like the one he was in before Wednesday's game, when he was unable to throw a ball more than a few yards and wore a new blue cast to shield his injured right wrist.

"It's going to be different," Myers said.

The effects from Friday's outfield collision in Boston with CF Desmond Jennings marks the first time Myers has had to miss time because of a baseball-related injury. The stress fracture is the first broken bone he said he has ever sustained.

"It was throbbing walking in from centerfield, but I definitely didn't think this," Myers said. "It continually got worse.

"That night I didn't really sleep much because of the pain, but I did not expect to be out 5-6 weeks."

Or longer.

The Rays expect to keep Myers in a cast for at least five weeks before re-evaluating his injury and coming up with his rehab plan.

Myers also saw some positives from the situation. The break will allow the 2013 American League rookie of the year to refresh himself mentally from a rough start to the season — a .227 batting average with five home runs in 53 games.

It will also give him time to rest a sore left wrist that had gotten worse since he tweaked it while sliding early in the season.

"Just one of those years that's tough to go through," Myers said.

PRICE FINED: LHP David Price was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his role in Friday's game in Boston.

Price hit two batters, David Ortiz and Mike Carp, but was not ejected. Several Red Sox personnel were, and Boston RHP Brandon Workman was suspended six games for throwing a pitch at Evan Longoria's head.

The incident sparked a series of verbal exchanges between Price and Ortiz, with Ortiz complaining Tuesday that Price should have been disciplined. On Wednesday, Ortiz took credit, telling reporters in Cleveland, "They fined him after what I said (Tuesday)."

Ortiz may yet get fined, too, as MLB officials want to talk to him.

MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday in Tampa for the Stone Crabs against the Class A Yankees.

Hellickson threw about 30 pitches during Wednesday's bullpen session and said that he feels better now than he did last season. If Saturday's game goes well, Hellickson said he'll likely make two more rehab starts before rejoining the Rays late this month.

"Still a few weeks away, but I'm feeling really good," Hellickson said.

Manager Joe Maddon said C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring) has had good workouts and could return around his target date of Wednesday.

The team expects OF Brandon Guyer (left thumb) to return in about three weeks.

ODORIZZI UP: RHP Jake Odorizzi has only one win in his past 10 starts and has been plagued at times by long innings that run up his pitch count and chase him from games early.

Odorizzi said there's no secret formula to fixing the problem. Throwing too many strikes can just as easily result in offensive explosions as groundouts.

"I think there's just a fine line in being aggressive but selectively aggressive," Odorizzi said.

Odorizzi pointed to Miami's Henderson Alvarez as inspiration after Alvarez gave up eight hits to the Rays on Tuesday but threw only 88 pitches in a shutout victory.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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