Brandon Guyer was playing the best baseball of his career. Then, in a moment, it’s gone. The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Guyer on the disabled list with a left thumb fracture and recalled Alex Colome from Triple-A.
Guyer had a .262/.281/.361 line in 61 plate appearances on the season, but he was 10 for his last 26 (.385) with a homer and a pair of doubles. He had emerged as a regular against left-handed pitching with Ben Zobrist out, and even started getting some at-bats against righties. But now, at the worst possible time, he is out again, and Joe Smith reports that it is expected to take him out for three weeks. We talked yesterday about Guyer’s luck finally changing. Well, the bad luck is back.
For Colome, the timing of his call-up is interesting as he was just reinstated from a 50-game drug suspension and had not gotten into a single Triple-A game, only making three High-A rehab starts. In any event, he is set to pitch out of the bullpen for the time being and could have an outside chance of sticking around. Everyone acknowledges that Colome has electric stuff, and if he is game-ready, he could be one of the Rays’ seven best relief options. The Rays will likely call up Kevin Kiermaier tomorrow, but could they designate Josh Lueke for assignment and keep Colome?
The remaining question is whether this is Alex Colome actually getting a chance to prove himself in the Rays bullpen. The timing is terrible for Brandon Guyer’s injury, but it will be interesting if Kiermaier and Colome are about to receive opportunities.