The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Joey Wendle on the ten day injured list with Christian Arroyo recalled
Tampa Bay Rays second basemen Joey Wendle was taken out by a slide when Mike Zunino gunned down a base runner from the Houston Astros on a strike em out throw em out end of the inning. The slide did not mean to hurt Wendle, but he was removed from that game for precautionary reasons, and he now will head to the injured list for ten days.
Joey Wendle, a 28 year old infielder, enjoyed a break out season in 2018 where he hit for a .300 average, with a .354 on base percentage. Wendle knocked in 61 runs a year ago, with seven home runs. Wendle finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2018 and came into the year on almost everyone’s top ten second basemen lists.
Wendle was held hitless in the first series of the year.
A ton of people were, and still are excited for Wendle’s second season in Tampa Bay, and in the big leagues in general.
You have to assume this is just a move to get Wendle off his feet and to be overly cautious. I do not foresee this injury lingering all year for Wendle, but I am no doctor.
This is the second infielder the Tampa Bay Rays will send to the ten day Injured List as Matt Duffy is already on the shelf and will not be ready to return to baseball until “mid-may.”
To combat these losses, the Tampa Bay Rays will call up Christian Arroyo.
If you have listened to the Rays Colored Podcast (by the way, a new episode will be out Thursday so stay tuned for that) you know that I am still very high on Christian Arroyo, and picked him as a sneaky break out candidate in 2019.
Arroyo is still just 23 years old and obviously was the key piece in the Evan Longoria trade.
It is no secret, he has not lived up to his potential yet, but again, he is only 23! there is still time for Arroyo, and it will be interesting to see how he performs the rest of the way.
This makes the Rays weekend series against the Giants even more interesting. Longoria faces his former team, as does Arroyo. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RaysColoGlasses for all the latest news, and notes.