Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Morrison goes on disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG — The rest and a cortisone shot did little to relieve the pain in 1B Logan Morrison's right forearm, leaving the Rays no choice but to place him on the disabled list before Friday's game with the Yankees.

Morrison missed six games on the recent road trip but was able to start the finale against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. He also pinch-hit the night before.

"(It's) a little bit of a unique injury," manager Kevin Cash said. "We thought a cortisone injection would help. I think it did for a period of time then it continued to flare up on him, so this makes the most sense to give him some time to let it heal."

INF Steve Pearce started Friday at first base. Cash said INF Tim Beckham and UTL Nick Franklin, recalled Friday when OF Oswaldo Arcia (right elbow strain) was placed on the DL, will fill in at first base until Morrison returns.

Arcia hyper-extended his right elbow July 23 at Oakland while swinging at a pitch from RHP Kendall Graveman. He left the game after the at-bat, but had five more at-bats on the trip.

"We can't knock it out other than give him some rest," Cash said.

TRADE WINDS: As several deals were made elsewhere Friday, the Rays kept talking with multiple teams about a number of possibilities.

Pearce is expected to be traded by Monday's 4 p.m. deadline, with LHP Matt Moore most likely to go if they get the price they want for a starter in what is a seller's market, with RHP Jake Odorizzi next. There is also interest in RHP Erasmo Ramirez, as well as closer RHP Alex Colome, who seems unlikely to be dealt.

The Indians and Orioles are several teams with interest in Pearce, who is on a one-year, $4.75 million deal. The Cardinals and Giants can be added to the list of teams interested in the Rays' stock of arms, joining the Rangers, Dodgers and Pirates.

Of note, the White Sox had two high-level scouts at the Trop on Friday, and the Dodgers, Giants, Indians and Royals also had multiple representatives. Also repped were the Blue Jays, Cubs, Marlins, Rangers and Yankees. The Rays are scouting about 10 teams.

BOXY ALSO RETURNS: RHP Brad Boxberger was activated from the disabled list after missing 50 games with an oblique strain. That injury came during his first appearance after missing the first 49 games of the season because of adductor surgery during spring training. When asked if he expects to return to his role as closer, Boxberger said, "I got to prove I can stay healthy first."

MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) pitched two scoreless innings Friday for Class A Charlotte. It was the first time in three rehab starts that he completed at least one inning. OF Desmond Jennings (left hamstring strain) had a double in three at-bats Friday for the Stone Crabs. RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to pitch three innings tonight for Double-A Montgomery.

OF Mikie Mahtook (left hand fracture) took batting practice Friday for the first time since suffering the injury.

NOTEWORTHY: 2B Logan Forsythe hit his first career leadoff home run Friday. It was the third this season by the Rays and first since RF Steven Souza Jr. did it May 20 at Detroit … SS Brad Miller hit his team-leading fifth triple in the third inning.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

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