Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Logan Morrison out for season with wrist injury

TORONTO — 1B/DH Logan Morrison's season is indeed over after he strained the extensor carpi ulnaris tendon in his left wrist, and may have damaged the retaining sheath, while taking a swing Sunday.

Morrison will fly home mid week for an MRI exam and an examination by team hand specialist Dr. Doug Carlan to determine the extent of the injury and whether surgery will be required. Former Rays OF Sam Fuld had a similar injury and eventually needed surgery.

"Either way, I'm done" for the season, Morrison said Monday "It's just going to be whether it's a short rehab or a longer rehab."

Because Morrison, who made $4.2 million this season, is headed to free agency, surgery and an extended rehab would significantly impact his value. "That (stinks)," he said. "But it is what it is."

Morrison, who was on the DL earlier with a right forearm strain, hit .238 for the season with 14 homers and 43 RBIs, and that after logging none until mid May.

SOUZA SORE: OF Steven Souza Jr. is playing through a left hip issue that he said may require surgery, possibly before the end of the season.

Souza said they are still gathering information and hinted he may see a specialist soon that could determine a course of action, which also could include just rest and rehab.

"I'm not sure what everything entails at this point," he said. "We just know there is something there, there is something going on there and there needs to be something, we need to deal with it. That's all I can give you right now. We will know more soon, sooner than later."

Souza looked to be in additional discomfort after crashing into the wall while making a catch to end the fourth inning Monday but said he was fine.

NO JAKING: RHP Jake Odorizzi regained his second-half form, working seven solid innings against the Jays, allowing just the two runs on a Jose Bautista home run.

"Oustanding," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

It was the eighth time in 11 post All-Star break starts that Odorizzi allowed two or fewer earned runs. He also picked up his team-record 15th no-decision.

Odorizzi said he really enjoyed the playoff-style atmosphere with a loud Rogers Centre crowd of 35,333.

"It's a great atmosphere," he said. "They are very into the game for being a quote-unquote hockey country.

"They really let you hear it. It's really loud in here. Canadian fans, they are pretty diehard. It's fun to pitch here and feed off that emotion."

EVELAND RETURN: The Rays decided to take another look at LHP Dana Eveland, who finished strong at Triple-A Durham after struggling in two stints with the Rays and being designated for assignment twice.

Cash said they may try him as a middle reliever and a lefty specialist. "I think we could use him both ways," he said. "Come in for an inning where you've got some lopsided lefties in there or get him in for a big-out situation with a lefty.

"This is a guy we thought really highly of in the offseason last year when we acquired him. Things didn't go his way, or our way, early in the season, but to his credit he went to Triple A and put up some ridiculous numbers (0.35 ERA in 18 games) and hopefully that confidence comes with him."

MINOR MATTERS: Short-season Class A Hudson Valley lost 2-1 to State College (Cardinals) and fell in two games in the NY-Penn League championship series. … Montgomery SS Willy Adames and RHP Chih-Wei Hu were named to Baseball America's Double-A All-Star team, Princeton OF Jesus Sanchez to the Rookie League squad.

MISCELLANY: Cash said Richie Shaffer will get some, but not all, of the at-bats created by Morrison's absence. … SS Matt Duffy is back in St. Petersburg with his surgically repaired left heel in a splint and getting around on a scooter. … The 2017 schedule will be released Wednesday.

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