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No. 1 Rays prospect Honeywell strains forearm

Right-hander walks off mound, will undergo further evaluation
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Right-hander Brent Honeywell, the Rays' No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was forced to leave Thursday's workout after throwing approximately 10 pitches during a batting practice session. According to manager Kevin Cash, Honeywell strained his right forearm and will be further evaluated.

Honeywell released a pitch, grimaced and cursed out loud, then walked off the mound and headed for the clubhouse accompanied by a trainer.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Right-hander Brent Honeywell, the Rays' No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was forced to leave Thursday's workout after throwing approximately 10 pitches during a batting practice session. According to manager Kevin Cash, Honeywell strained his right forearm and will be further evaluated.

Honeywell released a pitch, grimaced and cursed out loud, then walked off the mound and headed for the clubhouse accompanied by a trainer.

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Honeywell was not available for comment.

Catcher Jesus Sucre watched from the side as Honeywell faced Wilson Ramos.

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"He was throwing pretty good, he was throwing perfect," Sucre said. "He threw a changeup first pitch to Wilson. Next pitch [was a fastball and] he was screaming."

Cash called the situation unfortunate.

"We'll let the doctors and trainers get a look at him," said Cash, who was hitting ground balls on another field. "I wasn't there, but I heard he was very frustrated, and rightfully so. He worked hard this offseason. Other than that we don't know anything. We'll wait until some feedback comes."

According to MLB Pipeline, Honeywell is MLB's No. 12 prospect.

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"I think his talent kind of speaks for itself, what he's done the last two years," Cash said. "Coming up through the system, and really kind of put himself on the map a little bit at the Futures Game the way he performed.

"It's frustrating, whether he's going to miss a week, or a month or whatever it is. It's frustrating for any young pitcher that was coming here competing and wanting to put his best foot forward and make a good showing for himself."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.

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