1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Rays

Rays call up Rene Pinto with Brandon Lowe out, Alek Manoah to pitch Game 2 for Blue Jays

Wander Franco is playing both games at shortstop for Tampa Bay, which won the opener.
The Rays' Brandon Lowe is dealing with a bit of a back issue.
The Rays' Brandon Lowe is dealing with a bit of a back issue. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Sep. 13|Updated Sep. 13

UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: Lowe was placed on the injured list between games, with catcher Rene Pinto called up. Alek Manoah, after being scratched from the opener due to a stomach bug, will start Game 2.

Here is the Rays lineup, with Wander Franco starting at shortstop in the second game as well:

And for the Blue Jays:

TORONTO — With Monday’s dramatic loss extending their losing streak to three, the Rays are looking to rebound in today’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays, with first pitches set for 1:07 and 7:07.

The Rays won’t have second baseman Brandon Lowe in the lineup at least for the first game, as manager Kevin Cash said he is dealing with a back issue. That could be of particular concern since Lowe missed two months earlier this season with a back injury.

Cash said they will see if he gets loosened up to be available to pinch hit if needed late in Game 1, and if he feels good enough to play Game 2. ”His back is a little irritated,” Cash said. “Not ideal, but we’ll see how it goes today.” Lowe, who was reinstated from the injury list Wednesday after being out 10 days with an elbow injury, has been struggling at the plate anyway, 0-for-his-last-16 and 5-for-49.

The Rays may have caught a break when scheduled Jays Game 1 starter Alek Manoah caught what the team said is a stomach bug and was scratched from his start. Manoah, who has been very tough on the Rays, was receiving treatment and is a possibility to start Game 2.

The Jays instead will start Julian Merryweather in Game 1 in what looks to be a bullpen day arrangement. If Manoah isn’t better, they may have to do the same for Game 2, which also could play to the Rays’ advantage.

Jeffrey Springs, coming off his planned abbreviated start, will be on the mound for the Rays, and looking to work deep in the game. The Rays activated Yonny Chirinos as the “29th man” for the day, and plan to start him in Game 3 unless he is needed to work in relief in the opener.

Also, the Rays activated lefty Josh Fleming from the taxi squad and will have him in the bullpen. They made room by returning Cooper Criswell, who was unexpectedly called up to start Monday, to Triple-A Durham.

Want more than just the box score?

Want more than just the box score?

Subscribe to our free Rays Report newsletter

Columnist John Romano will send the latest Rays insights and analysis to keep you updated weekly during the season.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options

Wander Franco is in the Rays’ Game 1 lineup after being taken out of Sunday’s game early and being limited to a pinch-hit at-bat Monday. He said his surgically repaired right hand and previously sore legs are fine, that manager Kevin Cash called him in Monday and said he would get the day off but to be prepared to play in both games Tuesday.

Criswell was the “replacement player” for Brooks Raley, who is on the restricted list since he not vaccinated and did not have to be added to the 40-man roster. Fleming can take his spot, but is subject to the standard rules regarding options.

Here is the Rays’ Game 1 lineup:

And for the Blue Jays:

• • •

Sign up for the Rays Report weekly newsletter to get fresh perspectives on the Tampa Bay Rays and the rest of the majors from sports columnist John Romano.

Never miss out on the latest with the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, Florida college sports and more. Follow our Tampa Bay Times sports team on Twitter and Facebook.


This site no longer supports your current browser. Please use a modern and up-to-date browser version for the best experience.

Chrome Firefox Safari Edge