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Rays Brendan McKay sidelined in minors with shoulder fatigue, but expected back soon

Rays say McKay was checked out by Dr. Koco Eaton and should be back pitching soon, perhaps this weekend.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Brendan McKay works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) [GREGORY BULL | AP]
Published Aug. 27

HOUSTON - Rookie lefty Brendan McKay won’t be re-joining the Rays rotation this week, having been placed on the seven-day injured list at Triple-A Durham due to shoulder fatigue.

But the Rays said an exam Friday by Dr. Koco Eaton found no concerns, so they expect close to a minimum stay, which was retroactive to Aug. 23. Under that scenario, McKay, who missed one start, could make an abbreviated appearance for Durham as soon on Aug. 31, then rejoin the Rays for his next outing, usually pitching on a six-day schedule. The Rays said he resumed throwing Monday.

That’s all assuming he feels good and gets his pitching straightened out, which was the reason he got sent down in the first place.

After an impressive start to his big-league career following his late June call-up, McKay, pitching on somewhat of a inconsistent schedule in bouncing between the majors and minors, has struggled. Over his last five starts he was 1-3, 8.69, and in his last two he walked nine and allowed eight hits while lasting only six innings.


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