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McGee to have knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

UPDATE, 6:53: RHP Brad Boxberger spoke for several of the pitchers when he said of the loss of McGee: "It sucks. That's probably the easiest way to put it. We lost (RHP Kevin) Jepsen (who was trraded to the Twins) earlier, and now we lose McGee. It's definitely going to be a different look in the bullpen for the rest of the year. ... Cash said they will use several pitchers to take McGee's late-inning role, including LHP Xavier Cedenno and RHPs Steve Geltz, Brandon Gomez and Alex Colome, who had a dazzling 10-pitch, three-strikeout 8th inning. ... Cash also said McGee's absence doesn't automatically make Boxberger the fulltime closer, that there could still be situations where Boxberger pitches in the eighth and one of the others closes the game. ... The Rays will have a better idea after Friday's surgery of how realistic it is to think McGee could return before the Oct. 4 end of the regular season.

DEVELOPING: LHP Jake McGee, one of the Rays top relievers, will miss most and potentially all of the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

McGee will have the surgery Friday in St. Petersburg. The Rays are saying he is expected to be out 6-8 weeks but not ruling out a return during the season or playoffs.

McGee, who missed the first month of the season following December elbow surgery, felt something in his knee during Tuesday's game. He flew home and had an MRI and a visit Thursday with team doctor Koco Eaton.

LHP Enny Romero, who was sent down Tuesday night, was recalled with McGee going on the DL.