ST. PETERSBURG ― Kevin Cash raved about Luis Patino in spring training. The 22-12 months-aged correct-hander has only pitched two-thirds of an inning all time, on the other hand, immediately after going on the 60-day wounded checklist with a still left oblique strain in early April.
His return was more delayed by a blister on his appropriate middle finger, which forced him out of his very last rehab start out in Durham on July 2 following 3 innings.
“I hadn’t definitely been damage like this just before, very first with the oblique and then with the blister,” Patino stated Thursday. “God’s received selections for us, and it’s in his palms. All I can do is appear out right here and be happy.”
He’ll get the start tonight as the Rays face the Orioles — who have won 10 straight for the very first time due to the fact 1999 — devoid of Shane Baz, who went on the 15-working day wounded record Thursday with a proper elbow sprain. Patino claimed he was all set to go all 9 innings, but Dollars stated he likely won’t pitch “very deep” into the match immediately after having intermittent times off to permit the blister heal.
Fewer than 24 hours after picking up his initially major-league get, proper-hander Tommy Romero was despatched back again to Triple-A Durham to make place for Patino on the energetic roster. To make space on the 40-guy roster, the Rays transferred catcher Mike Zunino (left shoulder irritation) to the 60-working day wounded record, making mid-August the earliest he could return.
The Rays also added lefty Ryan Yarbrough to the taxi squad. Yarbrough, who was optioned to Durham on July 1, has thrown 34 innings for the Rays this period.
Brandon Lowe (very low back pain) and Pete Fairbanks (right lat pressure) had been back again at Tropicana Field pregame, returning from rehab assignments in Durham. Funds mentioned it’s feasible one particular or both equally could be activated over the weekend.
“Let (head athletic trainer Joseph Benge) and our trainers form of get their arms on him and see where by they are, but incredibly encouraged by both of them that they form of went as a result of various rehab games (and) arrived out feeling genuinely superior,” he reported. “Talked to (Lowe) previously these days. He’s fired up to be back again at the Trop and in all probability not in Durham, which I really do not blame him.”
Yu Chang, who was claimed off waivers from the Pirates on July 5, will start at small as Taylor Partitions will get a day off. Chang has batted .333 (4-for-12) in five appearances for the Rays.
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