ST. PETERSBURG — As the Rays expected, left-hander Ryan Yarbrough strained his right oblique in Thursday’s game and ended up on the injured list, potentially out for the rest of the season.
In need of fresh arms after the bullpen had to work extra on Thursday, the Rays also designated righty Dusten Knight for assignment.
Right-handers Calvin Faucher and Cristofer Ogando were called up. Ogando took Knight’s place on the 40-man roster. Faucher has had several stints with the Rays; Ogando made a cameo during the July series in Toronto.
Third baseman Yandy Diaz is not in the lineup for a fourth straight day due to a sore left shoulder. He received a cortisone shot on Thursday, and the Rays hope he will be available at some point today. He was slated to take swings in the batting cage sometime Friday afternoon to determine his availability.
Also, infielder Taylor Walls was scratched from the lineup due to right groin tightness and replaced by Miles Mastrobuoni, who will make his first big-league start and plate appearance. Manager Kevin Cash said the Walls move was made out of an “abundance of caution,” saying Walls would be “fine” to play defense late in the game.
Lefty Jeffrey Springs will start for the Rays, righty Mitch White for the Jays.
The Jays go into play with a one-game lead over the Rays for the top wild-card spot in the American League.
Here is the new Rays lineup:
And for the Blue Jays:
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