Lowe-down on Rays roster moves: Brandon to IL, Nate to majors

Also, Austin Pruitt is sent down and Jake Faria called up to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.
Tampa Bay Rays' Nate Lowe gestures after hitting a double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 29, 2019. It was Lowe's first hit in the major leagues. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Tampa Bay Rays' Nate Lowe gestures after hitting a double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 29, 2019. It was Lowe's first hit in the major leagues. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Published July 4

UPDATE, 2:34: B. Lowe is still on crutches with a portable ultrasound machine on his bruised leg but said he feels much better and is confident there is nothing else wrong. He is hopeful he’s back shortly after AS break, and still plans to go to Cleveland for AS Game despite not being on the active roster. Cash said they are hoping to get him back during the July 12-14 series in Baltimore. ... N. Lowe said his recent strong play in Durham was the result of trying harder after being a bit let down following his return to the minors after his initial stint in the majors. ... Faria said he has adapted well to his new role as a multi-inning reliever and thinks it made his stuff more effective.

DEVELOPING: The Rays placed All-Star second baseman Brandon Lowe on the 10-day injured list today as a result of the deep bone bruise he sustained fouling a ball off his right leg on Tuesday, and called up rookie Nate Lowe to replace him.

That means Brandon Lowe (as in wow) won’t be able to play in the July 9 All-Star Game and will be replaced on the AL roster, but more significantly, won’t be available to the Rays for the four-game series that starts this afternoon against the first-place Yankees, or at least the first game post-break in Baltimore. Brandon Lowe leads the Rays with 16 homers and 49 RBIs.

The Rays would be fortunate if Brandon Lowe can return by July 13; Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella similarly fouled a ball off his leg Tuesday and sustained a fractured leg that will keep him out 8-10 weeks.

Nate Lowe (as in low) gets his third stint in the majors, having made his debut in April, making a one game return June 1, and hitting .263 overall in 10 games. Since returning to Triple-A Durham on June 3, Nate Lowe has hit .340 with 9 homers, 26 RBIs and a 1.122 OPS in 28 games, including a three-homer game in Tuesday. He plays primarily first base and swings left-handed, which is a bit of a tough fit as the Rays face lefties in three of the four games against the Yankees.

The Rays today also recalled Jake Faria to give them a fresh arm in the bullpen. To make room, they optioned righty Austin Pruitt back to Durham after he threw five innings (and 93 pitches) on Wednesday.



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