Injuries & Roster Moves: Walls day to day

June 23rd, 2021

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

ROSTER MOVES

June 22: Selected INF from Triple-A Durham
This was a formality, as the Rays announced their intent to call up the top prospect on Sunday night. But they made it official shortly after he arrived at Tropicana Field, adding him to their 40-man roster and active roster before his Major League debut, in which he hit second and started at third base.

June 22: Designated INF/OF for assignment
The Rays optioned reliever Drew Rasmussen to Triple-A Durham to make room for Franco on the active roster, but they needed to clear a spot on their 40-man roster before officially calling up Franco. To do so, they designated Mathisen for assignment a little more than a month after acquiring him from the D-backs for cash considerations. The 27-year-old was hitting .288/.344/.525 with three homers while playing first and third base in 18 games for Durham. The Rays have plenty of corner-infield depth in Triple-A, however, with Kevin Padlo, the recently optioned Mike Brosseau and the recently acquired Mike Ford.

INJURY UPDATES

DAY TO DAY

SS (right wrist soreness)
Expected return:
As soon as Thursday
Walls was originally slated to start at shortstop against the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, but he was bumped out of the lineup due to a right wrist issue that had been bothering him for a few days. The slick-fielding, switch-hitting rookie aggravated the injury while making an excellent diving play up the middle to begin the fifth inning of the Rays’ 9-5 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday. Wander Franco moved over from third base to start at shortstop in Walls’ place, although manager Kevin Cash said Walls could be available off the bench if needed.

10-DAY IL

None

60-DAY IL

RHP (right shoulder strain/biceps tendinitis)
Expected return: TBD, possibly July
Roe began a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on June 3, two days later than expected, due to what manager Kevin Cash called “some shoulder crankiness.” He then made eight appearances from June 3-17, including back-to-back outings on June 16-17. But he was removed from his rehab assignment after experiencing right shoulder discomfort on June 17. He returned to St. Petersburg on June 18 and had an MRI and exam with Dr. Koco Eaton, who administered an injection into Roe’s right biceps to address what manager Kevin Cash said was biceps tendinitis. Cash said Roe will be shut down for 7-10 days before he resumes throwing, making his timeline to return uncertain. “It’s unfortunate,” Cash said. “We all know what Chaz has done for us over the last couple seasons, and this will just be another hiccup.” (Last updated: June 18)

RHP (UCL tear/flexor strain)
Expected return: TBD, possibly October
After experiencing “a little tug” in his June 14 start, Glasnow underwent an MRI exam, which revealed a partial UCL tear as well as a flexor strain. Glasnow said he won’t know any of the specifics of his rehab until they gather more information, but he said doctors did not recommend surgery. After Glasnow visited Dr. Keith Meister on June 18, manager Kevin Cash said the Rays’ ace won’t throw for about four weeks, after which they’ll have a better sense of his recovery timetable. Glasnow mentioned the possibility of returning in the playoffs, despite hoping to be back sooner than that, and his placement on the 60-day IL combined with at least a four-week shutdown indicates it will be a while before he’s ready. (Last updated: June 18)

RHP (right elbow sprain)
Expected return:
Late July/early August
The Rays learned on March 25 that Anderson had sustained a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, at which point he was shut down from throwing for eight weeks. The initial medical recommendation was that Anderson did not require surgery, but his potential return was projected to be after the All-Star break and possibly into August. Manager Kevin Cash said Anderson is throwing “nice and easy” but is “still quite a ways away.” (Last updated: June 11)

RHP (right flexor tendon strain)
Expected return: Midseason
Drake rejoined the Rays with the expectation that he would be rehabbing until midseason, and he’s also making progress. He threw his first bullpen session on the same day as Chaz Roe, and like Roe, his rehab progression will also take time. Even as Roe began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham, manager Kevin Cash said Drake has “got some time to wait.” (Last updated: June 11)

RHP (right lateral forearm tightness)
Expected return: TBD
Archer threw 10 pitches in a short bullpen session June 12 and will have two more weeks of side sessions, manager Kevin Cash said. The plan is to have Archer throw a live batting practice session at the end of June or in early July. (Last updated: June 12)

LHP (left thumb weakness)
Expected return: 2022 Spring Training
This is the third time since joining the Rays that Reed has dealt with weakness/numbness in his throwing hand, and this case led to Reed undergoing thoracic outlet syndrome decompression surgery on June 2. The operation was performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas, and it will sideline Reed -- who was already on the 60-day IL -- for the rest of the 2021 season. He is expected to return next spring. While the outcome was unfortunate for Reed in the short term, the Rays hope it brings the lefty reliever a much-needed sense of relief to finally identify and address the issue that has bothered him off and on for nearly a year. “Very optimistic that it’s going to help him get back on the mound quickly, and competing,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. (Last updated: June 2)