Ray's Snell Out for season?

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Ray's Snell Out for season?

Postby T15D23 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:20 pm

Rays’ Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell to undergo surgery on elbow, headed to IL
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The Tampa Bay Rays’ 2019 season has taken another big blow.

Rays ace and 2018 Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left elbow, The Athletic Tampa Bay has learned.

Snell is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left throwing arm this weekend. This is Snell’s second injury this season; he previously suffered a freak toe injury back in April and missed two starts. Both Snell and the team are confident he will pitch again this season, per team sources.

For reference, former Rays and current Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi underwent a similar procedure to remove a loose body in his pitching elbow earlier this season. He was placed on the IL on April 20, suffered a setback about a month in, then pitched in a rehab assignment on July 18 and was activated last week, marking the full timeframe for him to return from the injury at about three months.

The loss of Snell, 26, is an obvious gut punch to a Tampa Bay rotation that has already been without starter Tyler Glasnow (forearm/elbow strain) since mid-May. The team originally expected the 25-year-old righty to be back right after the All-Star break, but he suffered a setback during his rehab last month and was shut down from throwing for the second time since suffering the injury. The Rays are now targeting an early-September return for Glasnow.

Following a historic season in 2018, when he finished with a 21-5 record and a 1.89 ERA, Snell signed a five-year, $50 million extension this spring. He then battled through some setbacks earlier in the season, including a horrific June stretch of three starts in which he allowed 18 hits, nine walks and 17 runs in just seven innings of work (a 20.57 ERA).

The arrow was pointing up, though, for Snell, who posted a 1.64 ERA over his four starts since June 30 and had lowered his ERA to 4.28.

But this injury will put a hold on his season for now.

So what does this mean for the Rays moving forward? More specifically, how will this affect their approach to the July 31 trade deadline?

The Rays have continued using their opener strategy, doing so 30 times (18-12) this season. Tampa Bay’s openers own a 1.84 ERA (49 IP, 10 ER). However, Ryne Stanek, who has opened the most games (27), is currently on the IL with a hip issue, while high-leverage reliever Jose Alvarado is also on the IL with a groin injury.

The Rays have shifted around their main bulk guys — Yonny Chirinos, Ryan Yarbrough and Jalen Beeks — throughout the year and have used them multiple times both as traditional starters and behind an opener. Still, the Rays’ only true starters from opening day were Snell, Morton and Glasnow.

While Glasnow and Snell are both injured, the positive news is Morton has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. Following the Rays’ 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday, the 12-3 Morton improved his AL-best ERA to 2.60.

But Morton can’t do it alone and without Snell for a crucial stretch of their season, the Rays could be more inclined to pursue another starter before the trade deadline. They could also take a chance and rely on in-house reinforcements — such as rookie Brendan McKay, who has already made four MLB starts, or Jose De Leon and Anthony Banda, who are both finishing up rehab from Tommy John surgery — to help push them through while Glasnow and Snell get healthy. The club will need to continue being creative with its pitching tactics, but the latter path would put even more pressure on the rest of the pitching staff. It has already become clear over the past month that the Rays could use some outside help to bolster a talented, but not-ready-for-prime-time roster.

So how does Snell’s absence affect the club’s postseason chances?

Obviously, it hurts. Tampa Bay is in the heat of the AL wild-card hunt, sitting one game behind the Indians and A’s for the final playoff spot entering Thursday’s action, and is aiming to secure its first playoff berth since 2013. It’ll be an even steeper climb without Snell in the rotation for the time being.
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