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Rays at White Sox: Collin McHugh on COVID-19 injured list

Ryan Yarbrough will start today as Tampa Bay seeks to rebound from Tuesday’s loss and win the series.
Rays reliever Collin McHugh woke up feeling sick and was placed on the COVID-19-related injured list as a precaution.
Rays reliever Collin McHugh woke up feeling sick and was placed on the COVID-19-related injured list as a precaution. [ ARIELLE BADER | Times ]
Published Jun. 16
Updated Jun. 16

The Rays are looking to take Wednesday’s matinee finale of the big-for-June series with the White Sox and will have lefty Ryan Yarbrough on the mound, first pitch at 2:10.

The Rays will be without multi-inning reliever Collin McHugh, who woke up feeling sick and was placed on the COVID-19-related injured list as a precaution while the team awaits results of a spit test he did Tuesday as part of the regular testing, and a rapid nasal swab test done Wednesday.

McHugh, who has been dominant since returning from a back strain, is among the Rays who have been vaccinated. Manager Kevin Cash said the team is optimistic McHugh won’t be out long.

“We feel confident that he’ll be fine but want to do right by him, by us, and make sure that we get him tested, and then go from there,’' Cash said in Chicago. “He woke up this morning not feeling very well. So we’ll just wait and see what the tests come back. But we’re optimistic.”

Right-hander Chris Mazza was called up from Triple-A Durham to take McHugh’s spot in the bullpen.

Cash said that unless Michael Wacha is needed out of the bullpen today, Wacha will step into the rotation vacancy created by Tyler Glasnow’s injury and start Friday in Seattle. Rich Hill has the Thursday opener against the Mariners, with Josh Fleming slated for Saturday and Shane McClanahan for Sunday.

Also of note, Hill said the players association deserves some blame for the handling of the new rules regarding pitchers using substances on the ball that goes into effect next week, specifically for not negotiating implementation.

Here is the Rays lineup against White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito, with rookie shortstop Taylor Walls getting a day off:

And here is the White Sox lineup:

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