Injuries & Moves: Raley, Thompson reinstated; Feyereisen to 60-day IL

July 4th, 2022

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

LATEST NEWS

July 4: Reinstated LHP Brooks Raley and RHP Ryan Thompson from the restricted list; recalled LHP Josh Fleming from Durham; returned RHP Phoenix Sanders and RHP Javy Guerra to Triple-A Durham; J.P. Feyereisen moved to 60-day injured list; optioned RHP Cristofer Ogando to Durham
In a flurry of roster moves, key bullpen arms Raley and Thompson rejoined the bullpen ahead of the Rays' series opener in Boston.

"Excited to have Raley and Thompson back," manager Kevin Cash said. "The guys that came up, they did a nice job. Our bullpen is in better shape coming into this series for their work. And Raley, Thompson are big parts of our 'pen, and we'll use them today. I kind of kidded with both of them they might provide nine innings today, but because of the guys that came up, we don't need that."

Feyereisen was transferred to the 60-day IL to make room on the 40-man roster for Ogando, who was selected from the taxi squad on Sunday. -- Molly Burkhardt

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

C Mike Zunino (left shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Zunino recently visited multiple doctors as he nurses his shoulder injury, manager Kevin Cash said. The catcher received a Botox injection, which is often used to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, on June 20 and Cash said the club is still waiting to see how the 31-year-old responds. He’ll be reassessed in a couple of weeks.

“The reports were, ‘We need to buy some time here and then go from there,’” Cash said. “But we're not going to see him anytime soon.” -- Ethan Diamandas (Last updated: June 30)

2B Brandon Lowe (stress reaction in low back)
Expected return: TBD
Lowe advanced to hitting flips from a coach and balls off a tee a day after he was limited to taking dry swings -- not hitting a ball, just swinging a bat -- on June 10. He was shut down for a few days after his back began bothering him while hitting in the batting cage, but Lowe resumed rotational exercises and took some dry swings on June 21. Manager Kevin Cash said Lowe was “pretty pain-free” swinging the bat on June 28, at which point the team was planning to put together a more firm timeline for his return. “It’s still going to be some time,” Cash cautioned. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: June 28)

60-day IL

RHP Luis Patiño (left oblique strain)
Expected return: Possibly early July
In his fourth rehab outing, Patiño left his start on July 2 after three innings with a blister. The right-hander was with the team in Boston to receive treatment on July 4.

"[We] felt it was best that [head trainer] Joe [Benge] look at him, let's get treatment and then as the blister kind of heals, it'll tell us what his next step is," manager Kevin Cash said. "So we're not quite sure yet. We won't know for -- I don't think through this series ... what his next rehab or activity will be." -- Molly Burkhardt (Last updated: July 4)

RHP (right shoulder impingement)
Expected return: Possibly mid-July
Feyereisen was moved to the 60-day injured list on July 4 to make room for right-hander Cristofer Ogando on the 40-man roster.

"I don't think it's a delay, it's just a matter [of], we had the opportunity," manager Kevin Cash said of Feyereisen's move to the 60-day IL. "He's kind of been sitting there where he's getting treatment, rehabbing, trying to work through things. But some of the stuff that he felt, he still feels a little less, but we want it knocked out totally." -- Molly Burkhardt (Last updated: July 4)

RHP Pete Fairbanks (torn right lat muscle)
Expected return: Possibly July
Fairbanks, who has been on the injured list since April 7 with a right lat strain, faced hitters in live batting practice on June 27. Manager Kevin Cash said Fairbanks’ “fastball velocity was in line with what we would expect,” and that he felt good throwing. Fairbanks is now scheduled to pitch in a game June 30 in the Florida Complex League, followed by a multi-outing rehabilitation stint at Triple-A Durham after that. That could have him in line for a return around the All-Star break, if everything goes well. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: June 28)

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. Glasnow posted video to Instagram on June 28 of himself throwing off the slope of the Tropicana Field bullpen mound, and manager Kevin Cash said he was “glad he feels good.” -- Adam Berry (Last updated: June 28)

OF Manuel Margot (right knee sprain)
Expected return:
Late 2022
The Rays were encouraged by the results of further imaging on Margot’s right knee as they suggested their prized outfielder will avoid season-ending surgery and could potentially return to action in 2022. Margot was carted off the field in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to the Yankees on June 20 at Tropicana Field. He was moved to the 60-day IL on June 23. -- Dawn Klemish (Last updated: June 24)

RHP Andrew Kittredge (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: 2023
Kittredge underwent Tommy John surgery on June 22, with Dr. Keith Meister performing the procedure. That will knock out the valuable right-hander for the rest of the season and well into 2023. The '21 All-Star had been placed on the 15-day IL on June 9 with a loose body in his throwing elbow. He returned for just two games after an IL stint for low back tightness. Kittredge was moved to the 60-day IL on June 11. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: June 23)

RHP Nick Anderson (right elbow surgery)
Expected return:
TBD
Anderson had been throwing multiple bullpen sessions per week in his return from elbow surgery, but he met with Dr. Keith Meister on June 21 after experiencing what manager Kevin Cash called “a little bit of elbow discomfort.” Cash said Anderson received a “good report” and that he’d resume playing catch June 22. The initial projection after his surgery was that he’d return following the All-Star break, but it’s unclear when that might happen considering he has yet to progress past throwing bullpen sessions. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: June 21)

RHP (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, which typically takes at least six weeks to heal. Chargois has felt good playing catch and could progress to throwing bullpen sessions the week of June 27. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: June 20)

RHP Yonny Chirinos (right elbow surgery)
Expected return:
Second half of 2022 season
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. Chirinos has been throwing bullpen sessions and is scheduled for his first live batting practice session on June 28. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: June 20)

LHP (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)