BALTIMORE – The All-Star Game experience was extremely rewarding for Rays first-timers Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows.
But there were a couple low moments.
Lowe was not pleased that veteran Fox broadcaster Joe Buck mispronounced his last name during the somewhat iconic pre-game introductions Tuesday, saying it as the more common “low” rather than his preferred rhyming with wow.
“I couldn't believe it,’’ Lowe said. “Surprising. On the stage that we were on, to have it mispronounced like that is upsetting.’’
Lowe’s point is a valid one. While local media and PA announcers in road stadiums may get it wrong, the national broadcast crew for an All-Star Game should be better informed.
And since the infielder was inactive for the game due to a leg bruise will sideline him into next week, the intro was really his moment in the spotlight.
The mistake did gave Rays teammate Nate Lowe – who, yes, this is confusing, goes by the traditional pronunciation – some ammo for the back-and-forth teasing he and Brandon have engaged in for years through the minors.
After hearing Buck get it wrong, Nate Lowe tweeted at him “Thank you @Buck,’’ and was still getting some mileage out of it Friday, though he admitted he felt a bit bad for his buddy.
Meadows, meanwhile, had to change his plans to go back to Florida for a couple days of fishing and relaxing when he became quite sick after the game, suspecting food poisoning.
He ended up staying in Cleveland until Thursday night then came straight to Baltimore. “No fun,” Meadows said. “But I’m good.”
He started Friday but came out after two innings with the Rays up 9-0.
Medical matters: Roe, Lowe, Choi, Duffy
Reliever Chaz Roe needing to go on the injured list due to a flexor muscle strain in his right forearm was a bit of a surprise, manager Kevin Cash said, given the news coming during the All-Star break. Roe, who was struggling on the mound, had been dealing with a wrist issue and the Rays are hoping he just needs some rest and can return soon. “Not sure if it crept in to more of the forearm,’’ Cash said. “He went and got checked out by a doctor who just noted some inflammation. Hopefully that’s all it is, take a couple days off and get back to throwing.’’
Lowe, who fouled a ball off his leg July 2, hit in the cage, threw and did some shuffling drills, said he is getting “10 times better” each day. But Cash said he won’t play this weekend and next week’s series in New York is “in question.’’
First baseman Ji-Man Choi is over his left ankle strain and set to be activated either for Saturday’s day-night doubleheader or Sunday.
Infielder Matt Duffy is making a push to be activated after taking his rehab from a season-long hamstring issue to Triple-A Durham. He will play with the Bulls through Saturday and will be re-evaluated then. “He’s chomping at the bit,’’ Cash said. “He feels good.’’
It’s Brendan McKay Day, part 3
Rookie Brendan McKay will be added to the roster as the 26th man and start Saturday’s 1:05 game, which is a makeup of the May 5 rainout. (McKay was at Double-A Montgomery then). McKay said he learned from the challenge of facing the Yankees after his dazzling big-league debut vs. Texas. “It’s part of the process of getting adjusted to major-league baseball and the lineups you’re going to face,’’ he said. Though McKay has thrown no more than six innings or 85 pitches in any of his 13 minor-league and two big-league games this season, Cash said he could be extended a bit because it’s the first game of a doubleheader and they want to save as many relievers as they can. Though McKay, a two-way player, would be available in the second game, Cash said he would not use him as a pinch-hitter.
Quote of the day
“I can beat most of these guys in a race.’’
- Manager Kevin Cash, a former catcher, when asked about being faster than a hobbling Brandon Lowe.
* A series of roster moves are likely over the next few days, with lefty Ryan Yarbrough expected to be called up to work bulk innings Sunday, and lefty Jalen Beeks the same on Tuesday.
* The Rays signed two more draft picks, 22nd-round righty Ben Peoples and 37th round righty Addison Moss, to make it 33 of their 42 total by Friday’s deadline.
* Veteran TV play-by-play man Dewayne Staats is off this trip, with Kevin Burkhardt joining Brian Anderson in the booth.