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Rays lefty Banda reportedly to have TJ surgery

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays left-hander Anthony Banda will have Tommy John surgery, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.

The Rays have not confirmed the report.

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays left-hander Anthony Banda will have Tommy John surgery, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.

The Rays have not confirmed the report.

The surgery would likely keep the left-hander from pitching in 2019.

Banda, ranked as the Rays' No. 15 prospect, was the marquee prospect of the spring trade that sent Steven Souza Jr. to the D-backs.

Banda went 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA in three appearances for the Rays, and he went 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA in eight appearances for Triple-A Durham. He last pitched in a game on Thursday.

Banda joins other Rays pitching prospects to have Tommy John surgery. Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon each had the surgery in the spring.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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