Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Rays

Rays at Indians lineups, for a 6:10 Thursday start, with Yandy Diaz on IL

Ryan Yarbrough has been added to the roster, and will start tonight’s game, as Diaz won’t face his old mates.
The Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Published May 23
Updated May 23

UPDATE, 4:49: Cash said they felt putting Diaz on the IL was the prudent move as he still has pain in his hand when swinging, which he tried again Thursday. Diaz said he didn’t expect to end up on the IL and was obviously more disappointed that he didn’t get to play against the Indians. ... Indians manager Terry Francona said - with a straight face - that there won’t be any further escalation in the prank war with buddy Kevin Cash: "They’re too good, I’m not going to (mess) with him.'' Cash wasn’t buying it. ... Yarbrough is getting the straight start because of the shape of the bullpen, Cash said, though there also may be a comfort factor. .. Bauers said in the Indians clubhouse it’s been an ongoing adjustment for him and the team, and that the DH role has been “tough” for him but he is excited about his future here, and still obviously has lots of friends on the team still. ... Oscar Mercado, a product, like Cash, of Tampa’s Gaither High, is starting in left for the Indians.

Here is the Indians lineup:

Lindor ss

Kipnis 2b

Santana 1b

Luplow rf

Ramirez 3b

Bauers dh

Haase c

Martin cf

Mercado lf

Plutko p


DEVELOPING: The Rays will be without one of the top hitters in their lineup as former Indians infielder Yandy Diaz was placed on the injured list as they open a short four-game roadtrip in Cleveland tonight, with a 6:10 first pitch.

Diaz has not played since being hit on the left hand by a pitch Sunday in New York, and was still feeling significant pain when he took swings in the cage Wednesday afternoon.

Needing to make room on the roster to call up pitcher Ryan Yarbrough, the Rays opted to play it safe with Diaz, who was looking forward to facing his former mates. The IL move is back dated to Monday, so Diaz could return by May 30 for the opening of the series with the Twins.

Yarbrough is not only slated to work the bulk of the innings, but he will start for the Rays.

After a spring interrupted by a groin strain and some sick days, Yarbrough got off to a rough start to the season with the Rays, going 2-1, 8.10 in five games. He was sent to Triple-A so he could work on a regular basis, and seems to have done well, posting a 2-0, 2.14 mark in four games (three starts).

Here is the Rays lineup:

Meadows dh

Pham lf

Choi 1b

Garcia rf

B. Lowe 2b

Adames ss

Kiermaier cf

Kratz c

Robertson 3b

Yarbrough p



ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Tim Tebow. [Associated Press)] Associated Press
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tom Jones and Rick Stroud debate Tebow, Dickie V, the first-place Bucs and the Rays playoff chase
  2. The Yankees celebrate after defeating the Angels and clinching the AL East on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. MARY ALTAFFER  |  AP
    New York wins its first division crown since 2012.
  3. If the Rays end up popping champagne bottles, like they did in 2013 after beating the Texas Rangers 5-2 in an American League wild-card tiebreaker, don't expect the clincher to come at home. TONY GUTIERREZ  |  AP
    Don’t expect a quick clincher as the team enters its final homestand of the regular season.
  4. Pete Alonso may soon join Jose Fernandez (2013), Chris Coghlan (2009), Dwight Gooden (1984) and Lou Piniella (1969) as Tampa Bay area high school products who won a Rookie of the Year Award. Alonso extended his NL rookie record for homers to 49 on Wednesday in Colorado. DAVID ZALUBOWSKI  |  AP
    The Mets rookie from Plant High is on his way to winning NL Rookie of the Year with his 49 homers. Is that the greatest season of a bay area product?
  5. Tampa Bay Rays' Austin Meadows, left, is congratulated by Avisail Garcia after hitting a solo home run during the 11th inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Rays won 8-7. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) MARK J. TERRILL  |  AP
    On Emilio Pagan’s prognosticating prowess, Pete Fairbanks’ colorful celebration, Tommy Pham’s good fortune (and good hitting).
  6. Tampa Bay Rays' Willy Adames, left, scores on a throwing error by Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger after a single by Jesus Aguilar, as catcher Will Smith goes after the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) MARK J. TERRILL  |  AP
    Rays 8, Dodgers 7 (11): A one-out rally in the 9th allows Rays to tie, then a Meadows homer in 11th puts them ahead to stay.
  7. Rays rookie starter Brendan McKay delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. MARK J. TERRILL  |  AP
    “Super cool” is how he describes the opportunity Wednesday against the Dodgers.
  8. Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Nate Lowe (35) is seen in the dugout during the third inning against Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Sept. 07, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.   ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    Lowe make his fourth pro start at third in a critical game for Rays; Brendan McKay is on the mound.
  9. Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Colin Poche, shown pitching last month in Houston, has had a tough stretch at times,. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) MICHAEL WYKE  |  AP
    Rookie relievers, pitching in September for the first time, are high on that list, and it’s quite noticeable when they falter.
  10. Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Colin Poche leaves the field after giving up two runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) CHRIS CARLSON  |  AP
    Dodgers 7, Rays 5: Snell’s solid return aside, it was a lost night for Rays as rookie relievers Poche and Fairbanks struggled.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement