Rays option Ryan Yarbrough; Bard recalled

Rays option Ryan Yarbrough; Bard recalled

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Keep track of the Rays’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

June 7: LHP Ryan Yarbrough optioned to Triple-A Durham; RHP Luke Bard recalled from Durham

After an ugly start against the White Sox on Sunday, Yarbrough was sent down to the Minors. That will presumably clear a spot in the rotation for top prospect Shane Baz, who struck out 10 in a 4 1/3-inning rehab start for Durham on Sunday. Yarbrough had been on a nice run before Sunday’s outing at Tropicana Field, posting a 2.55 ERA in his previous five outings despite the team going 0-5 in those games. But he lacked any semblance of command as he was hit hard by the White Sox, permitting six runs on eight hits and two walks in only 1 2/3 innings.

Bard, 31, will add depth to the Rays’ bullpen after a strong start to the season in Durham. The right-hander, who spent parts of three seasons in the Majors with the Angels, logged a 2.81 ERA with 18 strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings over 15 appearances in Triple-A.

June 5: RHP Andrew Kittredge reinstated from 15-day IL

A day after pitching an inning for Triple-A Durham as part of his Minor League rehab assignment, Kittredge returned to the Rays’ clubhouse at Tropicana Field and played catch before Saturday’s game. He was officially activated Sunday morning, and the 2021 All-Star was back in Tampa Bay’s bullpen for Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox.

“I didn’t really want to miss time before anyway, but it’s just something that, at this point in the season, [we] wanted to take care of it rather than maybe have it linger throughout the year,” Kittredge said Sunday morning. “Definitely excited to get back out there, and with the injuries that we’ve got, it’s all hands on deck.” — Adam Berry

June 5: RHP Calvin Faucher optioned to Triple-A Durham

Faucher was recalled when high-leverage reliever J.P. Feyereisen went on the injured list and made one appearance, working around two hits in a scoreless eighth inning in the Rays’ 6-3 win over the White Sox on Friday night. He was sent back Sunday morning, when Andrew Kittredge returned from the 15-day IL. — Adam Berry

June 5: INF Taylor Walls (right calf tightness) returns to lineup

Walls hadn’t played since Wednesday night, when he fouled a ball directly into his right calf muscle, but he was back in the lineup — batting ninth, starting at shortstop — for Sunday’s series finale at Tropicana Field. Walls had declared himself available, albeit at less than full speed, before the first two games of the series.

“I think he’s feeling better. When he fouled that ball off his calf, it was very much more muscle than bone, and it just got really tight,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It was like a golf ball in there, and I think that’s gone away. I would imagine he’s going to be moving pretty good — maybe not 100 percent, but good enough to go out there and play.” — Adam Berry

June 4: RHP J.P. Feyereisen (right shoulder impingement) diagnosed with bone bruise

Rays manager Kevin Cash relayed some good news regarding the results of Feyereisen’s MRI, which he had after being placed on the 15-day IL on Friday. Cash said Feyereisen’s shoulder injury appears to be “kind of a bone bruise,” rather than any sort of structural damage. That makes Feyereisen likely to return within a month, if all goes well, rather than spending an extended period on the injured list.

“Everything looked good in there,” Cash said. “It just looked like there’s just wear and tear that he’s just kind of aggravated, and it’s actually a good sign. … Hopefully he’s back in a quick turnaround.” — Adam Berry

June 4: LHP Ben Bowden cleared waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Durham

The Rays claimed Bowden off waivers from the Rockies on April 29 and assigned him to Triple-A Durham. They designated him for assignment last Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Shawn Armstrong. Bowden cleared waivers Saturday and was sent outright to Durham, where he had posted a 1.80 ERA and 1.60 WHIP with 10 strikeouts and seven walks in 10 innings over nine outings. — Adam Berry

SS Wander Franco (right quad strain)

Expected return: TBD

Franco went on the IL for the second time in his career after he strained his quad running the basepaths in the May 30 series opener against the Rangers. As of June 5, Franco was still limited to rest and treatment. — Adam Berry (Last updated: June 5)

2B Brandon Lowe (stress reaction in low back)

Expected return: TBD

Due to Lowe’s recent lower back issue, the Rays were noticeably careful with his usage. Lowe didn’t play on May 11 in Anaheim, giving him more time to rest before a scheduled off-day on May 12, then he was scratched on May 14 and served as the DH on May 15. On May 16, the Rays sent Lowe to have his back evaluated and placed him on the injured list a little more than an hour before their series opener against the Tigers at Tropicana Field.

Lowe was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his lower back and was set to be re-evaluated by a doctor on June 6. Coming off a 39-homer, 99-RBI season, Lowe was batting .212/.293/.415 with five homers, five doubles and 12 RBIs in his first 32 games of the year. — Adam Berry (Last updated: June 5)

RHP J.P. Feyereisen (right shoulder impingement)

Expected return: Possibly late June/early July

Feyereisen said he pitched through some shoulder discomfort for a few weeks prior to his June 3 placement on the IL, although it did not show in his performance. It finally became too much to handle during his June 2 outing in Texas, however, and he went for an MRI on June 3. Manager Kevin Cash said Feyereisen’s shoulder injury appears to be “kind of a bone bruise,” rather than any sort of structural damage. That makes Feyereisen likely to return within a month, if all goes well, rather than spending an extended period on the injured list. — Adam Berry (Last updated: June 4)

RHP Luis Patiño (left oblique strain)

Expected return: Possibly June

Patiño faced hitters for the first time on June 1 and felt good, using all four pitches and displaying his usual energy on and off the mound. He is set to face hitters at least one more time, Cash said. Patiño sustained the injury after throwing only 13 pitches in his season debut against the A’s on April 11. He played catch for the first time on April 28, threw a 15-pitch bullpen session on May 17 and then threw a 25-pitch bullpen on May 25. He threw a 26-pitch bullpen session on May 28 and felt good. — Adam Berry (Last updated: June 4)

RHP Shane Baz (right elbow surgery)

Expected return:
Early June

Sidelined since Spring Training after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, Baz, the Rays’ top prospect, threw two innings in an extended spring game on May 14, then pitched 2 1/3 innings for Triple-A Durham on May 19. He made another rehab start for Durham on May 25, throwing 48 pitches in another 2 1/3-inning outing as he allowed two hits and two walks while striking out one, then threw 56 pitches over four scoreless innings on May 30.

Baz is set for another rehab start for Durham on June 5, likely a five-inning outing. If that goes well, he should be nearly built up to full endurance. That would put him in line to return at full strength shortly after he’s eligible to come off the 60-day IL on June 6. — Adam Berry (Last updated: June 4)

RHP Nick Anderson (right elbow surgery)

Expected return:
Likely July

Anderson is throwing two to three bullpen sessions per week, with the latest one coming on June 4. He will likely need to throw several more side sessions before progressing to live batting practice. If all continues to go well, he will then start a Minor League rehab assignment. His exact return timetable is unclear, but the initial projection after his surgery was that he’d return following the All-Star break. — Adam Berry (Last updated: June 4)

RHP JT Chargois (left oblique tightness)

Expected return:
Possibly July

Chargois threw a bullpen session on May 14 and pitched an inning in an extended spring game on May 17, which manager Kevin Cash said “went well.” But Chargois suffered a setback in his first official rehab appearance May 20 for Triple-A Durham, exiting after one batter. Testing revealed a Grade 2 oblique strain, Cash said, adding that the reliever will be out “a while.” Oblique strains typically take at least six weeks to heal — Adam Berry (Last updated: May 25)

RHP Chris Mazza (lower back spasms)

Expected return: Late June

Mazza went on the IL on April 23, retroactive to April 18, and was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 19. Manager Kevin Cash said on May 7 that Mazza’s back “locked up again,” halting his rehab progress, but he returned to action by pitching an inning in an extended spring game on May 17. Mazza began a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on May 20. — Adam Berry (Last updated: May 25)

RHP Pete Fairbanks (torn right lat muscle)

Expected return: TBD

Fairbanks threw from 45 feet on May 14 in his first time touching a baseball since he left his Spring Training outing on March 27. He is scheduled to throw a “short-box” bullpen session — with the catcher set up on or just in front of the plate — on May 31, his first time pitching off a mound since sustaining his injury. Manager Kevin Cash called that development “encouraging.” — Adam Berry (Last updated: May 25)

LHP Brendan McKay (thoracic outlet syndrome decompression surgery)

Expected return: TBD

McKay was placed on the 60-day injured list on April 7 and shut down from throwing on April 27, but manager Kevin Cash described it as “a day-to-day thing.” The issue with McKay’s neck had cleared up as of May 25, putting him on track to resume throwing. — Adam Berry (Last updated: May 25)

RHP Yonny Chirinos (right elbow surgery)

Expected return:

Nearing the end of his Tommy John rehabilitation, Chirinos sustained a right elbow fracture while throwing off a mound in September and had surgery later that month. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on March 18. As of May 25, Chirinos was throwing bullpen sessions. — Adam Berry (Last updated: May 25)

RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery, right ankle surgery)

Expected return:
Likely 2023

Working his way back from the Tommy John procedure he underwent in August 2021, Glasnow had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his right ankle on March 18 — a day after he was transferred to the 60-day IL. Glasnow said the second procedure, a minor operation he’d been putting off for years, likely won’t affect his recovery timetable. Manager Kevin Cash said Glasnow is playing catch and doing well in his recovery. — Adam Berry (Last updated: May 7)

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