Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays put Brandon Guyer on DL with broken thumb

TORONTO — Just as he was starting to play so well, Rays OF Brandon Guyer caught another bad break Monday, going on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.

The injury, suffered Sunday while trying to make a diving catch in the fifth inning, won't require surgery but is expected to keep him out at least three weeks.

"He was pretty distraught," manager Joe Maddon said.

Guyer, who has been on the DL in each of the past three seasons, must put more adversity behind him. He ended up finishing Sunday's game, picking up a single in the seventh, before a postgame X-ray revealed a cracked bone.

Guyer had six hits in his past 10 at-bats, and Maddon said he had reached the point where he felt he belonged in the big leagues.

"You feel bad for the kid, he's done everything right and is still getting penalized at times," Maddon said. "Wonderful young man, he's going to be back. He's turned into a major-league player. … I really anticipate he's going to step back in very seamlessly when he comes back."

The timing was fortuitous for RHP Alex Colome, who got called up and joined the bullpen one day after he was reinstated from a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.

Maddon understood if other candidates at Triple-A Durham were miffed to get passed over. But he said the Rays needed length and coverage in the bullpen, and Colome provided the "perfect fit" as he can go deep or short.

Maddon was right, as Colome relieved LHP Erik Bedard in the fifth and tossed four innings, allowing two runs on three walks in 59 pitches. He was sent back to Durham after the game, with a position player to be called up today to replace him.

The Rays could choose C Ali Solis, providing insurance for C Ryan Hanigan, who was pinch-hit for in the sixth as his nagging right hamstring was sore. To add Solis to the 40-man, LHP Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) could be put on the 60-day DL. Or the Rays could bring up a bat such as INF Vince Belnome or Jayson Nix. It's not expected to be OF Kevin Kiermaier, who has been sidelined recently with left knee soreness.

MOVING ON: Colome said he still doesn't know why he tested positive for boldenone, a steroid often used for treatment of horses.

"I made a big mistake," Colome said through bench coach Dave Martinez. "I want to apologize to my teammates, the organization, to everybody that's been by my side. I want to put it behind me."

under review: MLB should decide by today if there will be any further discipline from Sunday's benches-clearing incident with the Rays-Red Sox. Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes and Rays SS Yunel Escobar and INF Sean Rodriguez were ejected.

Maddon said he would be disappointed if there were more punishment. He said Escobar only reacted to what Red Sox players said to him, and Rodriguez was just pointing and yelling. ("Who wasn't?" Maddon added.)

Escobar, through Martinez, elaborated Monday on his role. Martinez said Escobar got "caught up in the moment," heard some words from the Red Sox bench that he "couldn't leave alone" and "got heated up." Echoing Maddon, Escobar noted that Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury stole a base with the Rays down six in last year's playoffs. Escobar wants it behind him.

MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow surgery) will throw a simulated game Wednesday in Port Charlotte, where he'll go two innings (15 pitches each). Ben Zobrist (dislocated thumb) is scheduled to play nine innings at second base tonight and Wednesday for Charlotte, with hopes of being activated for Friday's opener in Boston.

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