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Days after trade, Rays welcome Ryne Stanek to visiting clubhouse

One of the original “openers” joined the Marlins for his first time back at the Trop since Tampa Bay traded him.
Former Rays pitcher Ryne Stanek tips his hat after being acknowledge by Rays fans during the third inning Sunday in St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay traded Stanek to Miami on July 31. CHRIS URSO | Times
Published Aug. 4
Updated Aug. 5

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays welcomed back former teammate Ryne Stanek during Sunday’s game against the Marlins, playing a video tribute to the right-handed opener/reliever between the fourth and fifth innings.

Stanek, who was dealt to Miami on Wednesday, said he was surprised to be involved in a deal at the trade deadline.

At the time, the Rays were on the road in Boston, but Stanek remained in St. Petersburg to continue his rehab from right hip soreness. Shortly before the clock struck 4 p.m. Wednesday, Stanek was playing catch with bullpen catcher Scott Cursi. He said he joked with Cursi, saying that if he got traded, the front office could just yell at him to get off the field.

About five minutes later, as Stanek was changing his shoes in the clubhouse, his phone rang. Rays GM Erik Neander was on the line.

“Oh, I just got traded,” Stanek said he thought to himself when Neander’s name flashed on his phone screen.

The Rays had traded Stanek and outfield prospect Jesus Sanchez to the Marlins in exchange for right-handers Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards.

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Stanek, who has been on the injured list retro to July 22, did not join the Marlins’ active roster in time to face his former team. A myriad of rain delays and postponements pushed back his rehab appearances, making it impossible for him to face live batters before Sunday’s game.

“I feel like anybody wants to face their old team right away if they get the chance,” Stanek said. “It was a little strange that this is the first trip I make with (the Marlins).”

Chirinos feeling healthy

Starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos largely silenced the Marlins on Sunday, rebounding well from his seven-run effort last week in Toronto. The right-hander did not allow a hit through his first 3⅔ innings, then surrendered a solo home run to Brian Anderson. Chirinos gave up one more hit, a double in the fifth, before leaving with right middle finger inflammation.

Manager Kevin Cash said that Chirinos felt discomfort in his finger after throwing a breaking ball in the fourth.

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“We’re going to get it checked out,” Cash said. “He could have continued pitching, but fingers, wrists, all those things are a little tricky, so we’ll get the doctors to look at it.”

Chirinos said even though his finger felt uncomfortable he does not expect to miss any time on the mound. An injury would threaten an already depleted Rays starting staff. With Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell on the injured list, missed time for Chirinos would put more pressure on All-Star Charlie Morton, Ryan Yarbrough and rookie Brendan McKay.

Welcome home, Bo

Lakewood High product Bo Bichette returns home Monday night with the Blue Jays.

All the rookie shortstop has done since being called up July 28 by Toronto is become the first player in franchise history to get nine hits in his first five career games. He’s now batting .406 through seven games with 13 hits (including five doubles and two home runs) and a .750 slugging percentage in 32 at-bats.

“I thought that I would come up here and I would be nervous and the game would be moving fast and I would have to adjust to it,” Bichette told the Toronto Sun on Saturday. “But for the most part, I have felt like I’m in Triple A. I’m just out here playing ball, having fun. The ability for me to come here and enjoy myself in the first week instead of freaking out a bit, I think that would be the biggest surprise.”

The 21-year-old said he has been looking forward to the three-game series at the Trop.

“I have been getting some texts about tickets, I know my mom (Mariana) is getting a lot more than me,” Bichette said. “It’s going to be cool to have a lot of people I know there.”

Miscellany

• Professional wrestler Matt Riddle threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Fans got a chance to meet Riddle and other WWE NXT Superstars during a meet and greet after the game.

Professional wrestler Matt Riddle throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rays game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 in St. Petersburg. CHRIS URSO | Times

• Working his way back from a right oblique strain, reliever Jose Alvarado pitched a perfect inning with advanced Class-A Charlotte on Sunday.

• Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (right forearm strain) is scheduled to begin an interval throwing program Monday. There remains no timetable for his return.

• Since the calendar flipped to July, catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been on a tear. From July 3 to Aug. 3, d’Arnaud has a .346/.446/.701 slash line, good for a 1.147 OPS. D’Arnaud went 1-for-4 Sunday, driving in a run on a single in the seventh.

Contact Ryan Kolakowski at rkolakowski@tampabay.com. Follow @ryankolakowski.

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