Rays Looking For Length From YarbroughFollow @Steve_Kinsella1
The Tampa Bay Rays look to halt their four game losing streak and will turn to Ryan Yarbrough (8-3, 4.26 ERA) in a rare traditional start. The Chicago White Sox will counter with Lucas Giolito (11-4, 3.23 ERA).
Yarbrough has been outstanding since his recall from Durham on May 23rd working in 10 games logging 53 innings and pitching to a 6-2 mark with a 3.06 ERA. In the 10 games he’s worked six or more innings in six games including three stints of seven or more innings. He’s struck out 39 batters while walking just 9 in his 53 innigs of work.
Depth will be important for Yarbrough as the Rays bullpen is taxed from the doubleheader in the Bronx on Thursday night and Brendan McKay‘s short outing last night (3.1-innings).
Prior to the game, the Rays placed Ryne Stanek on the IL with hip discomfort and recalled Hunter Wood from Durham. Additionally, they optioned Brendan McKay to Durham and activated Chaz Roe off the 10-day IL.
As for the Stanek issue with his hip. Manager Kevin Cash said that he’s been dealing with it all season. “He’s kind of battled through it.” he said. “The worst thing that happened for Ryne – everybody appreciates the All-Star break, but when that break came there wasn’t a ton he was doing and we he came back against Baltimore it was two innings throwing 100 miles an hour it started to grab him a little more. It’s back/hip related.” The plan is to get some rehab and treatment and a short stint on the IL.
The lineup has undergone a minor shakeup as well as Ji-Man Choi is in the leadoff spot. “We’re trying to get something to spark us.” Cash said. “Ji-Man [Choi] gets on base and maybe it allows Austin [Meadows] to drop down behind him, hit with a guy on base, Tommy [Pham] all these guys – we’re trying to find that right mix that can really get our offense gelling. It hasn’t yet.”
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