Injuries & Moves: Sanders reinstated from IL, optioned

May 18th, 2022

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

LATEST NEWS

May 18: RHP Phoenix Sanders reinstated from the 15-day IL, optioned to Triple-A Durham
Sanders was placed on the 15-day IL on May 3 after experiencing low back spasms. The move cleared roster room for left-hander Ryan Yarbrough, who was reinstated from the IL to make his season debut against Oakland. Sanders began a Minor League rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for Triple-A Durham on May 11, worked two perfect innings for Durham on May 14 and will remain with the Triple-A club after being reinstated from the IL. The 26-year-old reliever pitched well in five outings for the Rays before his injury, posting a 1.80 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with nine strikeouts and two walks in 10 innings.

“Happy that he's healthy, and [I] expressed to him that he did everything in his power to show that he certainly can help us,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Now, just get into the routine, and let's see how this unfolds over the next couple days, weeks, games, whatever it is. You always need pitching.”-- Adam Berry

May 18: RHP Luke Bard added to 40-man roster, sent to Triple-A Durham; RHP  transferred to 60-day IL
The Rays signed Bard to a Minor League deal in Spring Training, and the contract included an assignment clause that he triggered on May 18. Tampa Bay had to either put Bard on the 40-man roster or let him pursue an opportunity with a club that would carry him on its roster. Rather than lose him, the Rays selected Bard’s contract but had him remain with Durham, where he has a 5.19 ERA with nine strikeouts and two walks in 8 2/3 innings over nine appearances. To make room on the roster for the 31-year-old reliever, Tampa Bay transferred Mazza (out since April 18 due to lower back spasms) to the 60-day IL. Mazza is set to begin a rehab assignment with Durham on May 20, but now he won’t be eligible to come off the injured list and rejoin the Major League team until June 17 at the earliest. -- Adam Berry

May 17: 2B Brandon Lowe diagnosed with stress reaction
A day after Lowe was placed on the 10-day injured list due to low back discomfort, the Rays revealed the second baseman was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his lower back. He will be held out of all baseball activities for three weeks, according to the team, before he is reevaluated to determine a potential return to the field and a timeline for his return to the Rays’ lineup. With Lowe sidelined at least a month, the Rays figure to shuffle around Taylor Walls, Vidal Bruján and Isaac Paredes at second base depending on matchups. -- Adam Berry

May 16: INF Isaac Paredes recalled from Triple-A Durham
With Brandon Lowe injured, Paredes was called up for his second stint with the Rays. The 23-year-old infielder, promoted to face the Tigers (his former team), impressed Tampa Bay’s staff in his first Major League action this season. Paredes went 5-for-19 with a double and two RBIs and a couple sharp plays at third base in his first six games with the Rays, who acquired him for Austin Meadows on April 5, and he was hitting .263/.354/.484 over 25 games with Durham. He can also play second base and figures to be in the mix there -- along with switch-hitters Taylor Walls and Vidal Bruján -- while Lowe is sidelined. -- Adam Berry

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

RHP (left oblique tightness)
Expected return:
Late May/early June
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." Chargois is scheduled to begin an official rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on May 20. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: May 18)

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 over the previous week. Lowe didn’t play Wednesday in Anaheim, giving him more time to rest before Thursday’s scheduled off-day, then was scratched Saturday and served as the Rays’ DH on Sunday. On Monday, 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. He was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his lower back and will be held out of all baseball activities for three weeks before he's reevaluated.

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: May 17)

OF Manuel Margot (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: Possibly late May
The Rays’ best offensive player at the time of his injury, Margot was placed on the 10-day IL on May 15 amid an 11-game hitting streak while batting .486 (18-for-37) in May. Overall, he is hitting a team-leading .348. Margot injured his hamstring on May 9, sat out the next two games, then served as the DH for two games against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. But Margot clearly wasn’t running at full speed, so the Rays moved him to the IL rather than risk further injury. Manager Kevin Cash said Margot can still hit without any issues, so he’ll maintain his routine in the batting cage. Margot will be shut down from running for three or four days, however, before he’s re-evaluated. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: May 16)

60-day IL

RHP (lower back spasms)
Expected return: Late June
Mazza went on the IL on April 23, retroactive to April 18. 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 will begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on May 20. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: May 18)

RHP Shane Baz (right elbow surgery)
Expected return:
Early June
Sidelined since Spring Training after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, the Rays’ top prospect threw two innings in an extended spring game on May 14. He is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with a two-inning outing for Triple-A Durham on May 19, putting him in line to return at full strength around the time he’s eligible to come off the 60-day IL on June 6. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: May 18)

RHP Luis Patiño (left oblique strain)
Expected return: Possibly June
Patiño sustained the injury after throwing only 13 pitches in his season debut against the A’s on April 11. A day after he was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left oblique, the club moved him to the 60-day IL to make room for the promotion of reliever Dusten Knight, essentially an acknowledgement that Patiño will miss around two months. Patiño played catch for the first time on April 28 and threw a 15-pitch bullpen session on May 17. "Everybody's encouraged" by the right-hander's progress, manager Kevin Cash said. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: May 17)

RHP Nick Anderson (right elbow surgery)
Expected return:
End of May
Anderson is gaining strength after throwing several bullpen sessions and is getting closer to a rehabilitation outing. -- Joey Johnston (Last updated: May 14)

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. Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Fairbanks to throw live batting practice in six to eight weeks. Cash said Fairbanks' MRI was "very encouraging.'' -- Joey Johnston (Last updated: May 14)

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)

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 Rays were hoping to have McKay, the former two-way player rehabbing with the big league athletic training staff as a pitcher, throw a bullpen session on May 10. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: May 7)

RHP Yonny Chirinos (right elbow surgery)
Expected return:
TBD
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 7, Chirinos was in a built-in break during his rehabilitation. When he returns, he’ll resume throwing bullpen sessions. -- Adam Berry (Last updated: May 7)