Monday, October 15, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

For starters: Rays vs. White Sox, with Blake Snell back on the mound, Brandon Lowe called up

UPDATE, 4:50: Lowe understandably said he was thrilled and surprised to be here and will do whatever asked. Cash said he's likely to play LF Sunday, and that with Robertson out Wendle will become the infield swing man, filling in when needed at short and third. … Robertson will see hand specialist Dr. Doug Carlan on Sunday to get a better sense of the injury, if surgery is necessary and if so how long he will be out. Cash mentioned 6-8 weeks as a time frame so it could turn out to be a season-ending injury. … Cash wouldn't say what limit is for Snell is tonight, but given that he hasn't pitched since 7/17 and not more than 3 innings since 7/7 it's likely not more than 60 if that. …

Here is the Rays lineup:
Kiermaier cf
Duffy 3b
Bauers 1b
Cron dh
Gomez rf
Wendle 2b
Adames ss
Smith lf
Sucre x
Snell p

And here is the White Sox lineup:
Anderson ss
Garcia lf
Abreu 1b
A. Garcia rf
Moncada 2b
Davidson dh
Sanchez 3b
Engel cf
Navarez c
Rodon p

DEVELOPING: The Rays look to get back on the winning side tonight when they take on the White Sox, and they will have LHP Blake Snell on the mound.

Snell will be pitching for the first time since working in the July 17 All-Star Game, having been sidelined with shoulder fatigue.

With INF Daniel Robertson headed to the DL, the Rays are calling up INF Brandon Lowe, who has had a tremendous season with AA Montgomery and AAA Durham, hitting .297, 22 HR, 76 RBIs, .949 OPS.

Lowe (rhymes with now) was a 2015 third-round pick from Maryland who won the Florida State League MVP award last year, hitting .311 with 9 homers, 46 RBIs, and a .927 OPS, all before and Aug. 2 promotion.

He hit .291-8-41-.908 in 54 games for the Biscuits, then went on a tear after his promotion to the Bulls, hitting .304-14-35-.994 in 46 games.

He was chosen over Kean Wong, who has also has a strong year for the Bulls, hitting .316-9-46-.843.

Robertson left the game after spraining his left thumb sliding headfirst into second base in the eighth inning. If he were to require surgery, as CF Kevin Kiermaier did in April, he likely would miss the rest of the season.

There is a pre-game ceremony tonight honoring the 2008 team, with the event starting at 5:45. Alums will greet fans at Gate 1 when it opens at 4:10, and some alums will sign autographs at the 20th anniversary exhibitl. All fans will receive an Akinori Iwamura bobblehead (with the radio call of the final out of the 2008 ALCS) and Iwamura will throw out the first pitch.

Lineups when available.

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