Rays’ Shane Baz expected to miss at least eight weeks

The Tampa Bay Rays placed starting pitcher Shane Baz on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow on Thursday. According to a report by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times on Friday morning, the right-hander faces an extended absence.

Baz missed the first two months of the 2022 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in March to remove a bone splinter from his elbow, although Rays manager Kevin Cash said the new injury was not related to the procedure. In six starts this year, he went 1-2 with a 5.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ 12th overall pick in the June 2017 MLB Entry Draft, Baz was traded to Tampa Bay in the summer of 2018. The 23-year-old made his major league debut in September 2021 and went 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings spanning three starts last season.

Baz’s situation adds to an already long list of Rays players who have gone to the IL this season. According to Topkin’s report, Baz is the 12th pitcher and 17th overall player on IL, tying the most in the league as well as the highest all-time in franchise history.

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