ST. PETERSBURG — First there was a burning sensation. Then the foot went numb. So RHP Jake Odorizzi was expecting the worst as he was helped off the field Wednesday after being struck on his right foot by a line drive during the fifth inning of the Rays' 8-2 loss to the Red Sox.
But X-rays revealed nothing more than a bruise.
"We got the best news," Odorizzi said. "I'll be all right, and if all things go as they should, I should be good to go for my next start. We dodged a big bullet."
Odorizzi should have a better idea today when the foot is re-examined.
The ball hit by 3B Eduardo Nunez struck Odorizzi's foot so hard, the "pop" could be heard throughout Tropicana Field. But the ball hit just below the ankle, which likely saved Odorizzi from a more serious injury.
"Just got some nerves in there, more so than bones," he said. "The bones are fine, so that's all that matters."
Snell confident wins will come
LHP Blake Snell has confidence, which is a good first step to breaking his winless streak that is at 15 heading into tonight's game against the Indians.
"I'm throwing strikes. Pitches are moving how I want them to move. I feel good with my pitch selection. They're the right pitches. I feel happy with everything I'm doing," Snell said. "The outcome isn't where I want it, but I really do believe the way that I'm throwing is going to work."
Snell, optioned to Triple-A Durham after Thursday's start, was recalled Tuesday and will replace RHP Alex Cobb (turf toe) in the rotation.
What's in a name?
For the Aug. 25-27 new Players Weekend initiative, players will wear bright alternative style jerseys and, if they want, nicknames on their backs. Here are some of the best for the Rays, who will be in St. Louis:
Jose Alvarado — LA FLECHA (the arrow)
Matt Andriese — DREEZY
Chris Archer — FLACO FUERTE (skinny/strong)
Peter Bourjos — NEEDLER
Steve Cishek — SPEEDPASS
Alex Colome — THE HORSE
Adeiny Hechavarria — LA PANTERA (the panther)
Tommy Hunter — TOMMY TWO TOWEL
Brad Miller — RAT
Trevor Plouffe — SPECIAL T
Steven Souza Jr. — SOUZBOT
Show of support
Rays players and staff wore T-shirts with the Venezuelan flag for pregame work in a show of support for Venezuelans dealing with political unrest and violence.
C Wilson Ramos, one of several Venezuelans on the roster, said Archer was the organizer and "it's a good idea to show our support." Archer said it was "a collective" decision among the players, one that worked out well with ESPN providing national coverage of tonight's game.
"We thought it would be a good time to show support of our teammates and coaches that have to deal with a lot more adversity in their home country than we do right now," he said.
• CF Kevin Kiermaier (right hip fracture) was expected to hit on the field today.
• 1B Lucas Duda was scratched before the game because of a left thumb bruise.
• RHP Jose De Leon pitched only two innings Wednesday for Class A Charlotte, with no pitch over 84 mph.