Ray Notes: Joyce, Fuld, Keppinger, Guerrieri, Sawyer

By Robbie Knopf

The Rays have been ravaged by injuries and just can’t seem to move on from them. A couple rehabs are starting, but also an additional major league injury.

Matt Joyce began his rehab on Wednesday at Triple-A Durham, going 0 for 2 with a walk- but also leaving the game early with discomfort in his injured oblique. We will have to see when he can get back into a game. Hopefully the worst-case scenario is a return following the All-Star break.

Sam Fuld will start his rehab on Saturday with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. His rehab should last at least 4 or 5 games, setting him up for a return following the break.

Jeff Keppinger was hit in the left triceps by the pitch and was diagnosed with a bruise on the spot. X-rays were negative and it remains to be seen how long Keppinger will be out, although hopefully he can avoid the DL and see some playing time in the last couple of games of the Rays’ series against the Cleveland Indians.

Another injury that isn’t as pertinent to the major league team but that the Rays probably are nearly as worried about is Taylor Guerrieri, the right-handed pitching prospect who was the Rays’ first round pick in 2011 and who has dominated unequivocally to begin his pro career. Guerrieri will miss his second straight start on Thursday with shoulder stiffness. It’s mostly precautionary, but the Rays have to hope that Guerrieri can avoid long-term injury and continue pitching as well as he had.

One non-injury related note involves right-handed reliever Nick Sawyer, the Rays’ 40th round pick in 2012, has been promoted from the GCL Rays to the Princeton Rays, from one Rookie team to a more advanced Rookie team. He didn’t allow a single run in 3 appearances spanning 4.2 innings. Congrats to him and nice to see him moving up the ladder so quickly.