Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays 7-3 loss to Dodgers

On the growing number of ex-Rays in LA, Ji-Manís missing power, roster crunch coming.
CHRIS URSO  |   TimesLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
CHRIS URSO | TimesLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
Published May 21

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 7-3 loss to Dodgers:

* Andrew Friedman is the headliner of a growing group of ex-Rays in Dodgers blue. Others in the front office include Gerry Hunsicker, Brandon Gomes, Joel Peralta, Will Rhymes and now Jim Hickey. Plus Ron Porterfield as medical director, George Lombard as a coach and Dylan Floro as a reliever.

* First baseman Ji-Man Choi has given the Rays a decent amount of production but not enough power from a spot where the Rays could use it. He didn’t homer in his first 57 at-bats of the season, then hit three in his next 69, and none since May 10. At some point, does Nate Lowe become an option?

.* Though there weren’t a lot of specifics, the medical report for several of the injured Rays was promising, especially with the potential for both catchers, Mike Zunino and Michael Perez, to go on rehab assignments next week. What moves follow when they’re healthy will be interesting.

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