Rays Farm Report: Matt Duffy Begins Rehab With Stone Crabs

Duffy Begins Final Steps Toward Return To Rays

Tampa Bay Rays, Charlotte Stone Crabs

The Charlotte Stone Crabs defeated the Clearwater Threshers on Tuesday night to improve to 16-17 on the season.

The Duffman Returns:

The game featured the first rehab game Rays’ shortstop Matt Duffy as he makes his return from off-season heel surgery.

He went 1-for-3 at the plate and played four innings in the field but didn’t have a ball hit his way. After the game he admitted that he’s going to be sore for awhile, but that’s to be expected with any injury. He added that he’s been dealing with the heel issue since 13 years old.

The plan is to take tomorrow off and play again on Thursday for another four or five inning stint. “The goal is every other day for the first three or four games.” Duffy said. “We’ve got a couple of built in off days to cut stuff out or add a little extra.”

Brett Hoping To Return To Majors:

Tampa Bay Rays, Charlotte Stone Crabs

Ryan Brett made his way to St. Petersburg in 2015, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle after just three games before being put on the shelf for over a month. He never made it back to the Rays the rest of the year.

Then, he missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. After the season, the Rays non-tendered him and re-signed him to a minor league contract. Now healthy, he is beginning his trek back to the majors.

On Tuesday night he played his fourth and most productive game of the season going 3-for-5 including leading the game off with his first home run.

Tapia Departs With Arm Injury:

Tampa Bay Rays, Charlotte Stone Crabs

Alexis Tapia was held back in extended spring training making his first High-A appearance on May 4th. He was solid in his debut working four scoreless innings allowing just two hits while striking out seven and walking none. Unfortunately, his second start ended with an injury after just 2 2/3-innings.

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