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Rays' Forsythe expects to miss little time after being hit by pitch

Logan Forsythe, the Rays’ top hitter at .308, says he feels sore but better a day after being hit by a pitch. He was available off the bench Tuesday night.


Logan Forsythe, the Rays’ top hitter at .308, says he feels sore but better a day after being hit by a pitch. He was available off the bench Tuesday night.

SEATTLE — Rays 2B Logan Forsythe woke up sore as expected Tuesday, but he felt better with treatment as the day went on and was available off the bench with an eye on returning to the lineup Friday.

The team's top hitter was forced from Monday's game after being hit by a third-inning pitch from Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on the back of the left shoulder, right off the blade area.

"There's just a lot of soft tissue and nerves back there, and that's what kind of lit it up," Forsythe said.

He stayed in to run the bases and took the field for the bottom half but was in too much discomfort trying to field ground balls in warmups to continue.

"That's what kind of concerned me (Monday) night because I couldn't really reach over my head or stretch out too far with the glove," he said. "I didn't want to be a liability defensively, so I thought it was time to get out."

Regaining the range of motion seems to be a bigger issue and makes it more likely he will be limited to pinch-hitting duties today and, with the Rays off Thursday, aiming for full go Friday.

"I think it's just a matter of resting, letting it heal a little bit, and once it's time to warm it up at that point, don't try to overwork it too much," he said.

DOUBLE DIPPED: The Rays weren't pleased with how the April 9 game in Baltimore got postponed. They waited through all-day rain, were told to get ready to play, then after they completed warmups, found out it was called off.

Now they aren't pleased with how the Orioles front office decided the game will be made up: part of a day-night split-admission doubleheader on June 25, with 1:05 and 7:05 starts.

That makes for a long day, at least 12 hours at the field, and a busy weekend. They play the night before and at 1:35 the day after in a stretch when they already were playing 26 games in 27 days leading up to the All-Star break.

The Rays preferred to play a straight doubleheader, when there are about 45 minutes between games, starting in midafternoon.

"That's what would have been most ideal, considering all the circumstances for us," said RHP Chris Archer, the Rays' player rep. "It's a business trip, and that's how it goes. But I was hoping there was going to be a little more compassion for all parties involved. But it is what it is. And hopefully we go in there and win that four-game series."

LOST IN TIME: There was an odd sequence in the first inning Tuesday, when Rays LHP Drew Smyly was called for a balk that scored a Seattle run, making it 4-0. But the Rays objected, Smyly vehemently, apparently that time had been called. The umpires huddled then agreed and reversed the call, sending the runner back to third.

PITCHING IN: RHP Matt Andriese is joining what was a four-man rotation, but the Rays announced only that RHP Jake Odorizzi would start Friday against Oakland, with the rest TBA. But it would seem likely they would stay in order, with Andriese starting Saturday and LHP Matt Moore on Sunday.

UNBOXED: All-Star closer RHP Brad Boxberger felt good after Monday's second live batting practice session and will advance to the next stage of his recovery from March 17 core muscle repair surgery, throwing an inning in an extended spring training game Thursday. He is expected to start a rehab assignment next week and rejoin the team around the end of the month.

ABOUT MONDAY NIGHT: The Rays lost 5-2, the deciding runs coming when RHP Steve Geltz allowed a three-run homer to Ketel Marte in the sixth inning after LHP Dana Eveland walked the previous two hitters. That came after Moore lasted only 42/3 innings, throwing 98 pitches in allowing seven hits and four walks.

MISCELLANY: Fox Sports Sun is not providing TV coverage of today's game. … C Curt Casali threw out a third straight attempted basestealer; after allowing the 15 stolen bases in 15 chances to start the season, the Rays have gunned down five of their last six. ... OF Desmond Jennings was back in the lineup but went 0-for-3 to extend his current skid to 1-for-35 and drop his average to .163. ... LHP Enny Romero had a solid outing, working two 1-2-3 innings. ... With Forsythe out, Brandon Guyer moved into the leadoff spot. … RHP Nathan Karns, traded to Seattle in November for SS Brad Miller and 1B Logan Morrison, said he would "always cherish" his time with the Rays, but the opportunity to be a full-time member of the Seattle rotation was "well-welcomed."

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