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Another Rays player send to the Disabled List. This time it’s Justin Ruggiano, who has an injured knee.
That means Ried Bringiac will be called up to rejoin the Rays . Also bad news with the Alex Cobb situation; he will be having surgery on an injured rib in order to remove blockage there. That unfortunately means he will be out for 10-12 weeks after the surgery to recover.
There was some good news yesterday (besides the Rays winning a thrilling comeback).
Prospects Tim Beckham and Hak-Ju Lee have moved up in the Rays farm system. Tim Beckham got promoted from Double-A Montgomery to Triple-A Durham, and Lee moved from Class-A Charlotte to Montgomery.
Both players have great potential and were participants in the 2011 MLB Futures Game along with Matt Moore. Beckham and Lee are just another reason why the Rays future is so bright.
Click for a recap of last night’s epic victory: http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=17900059&c_id=tb
Let’s start with the bad news first. Alex Cobb has has been placed on the 15-day DL with a dead arm. Southpaw reliever Cesar Ramos has been called back up from Triple-A Durham to fill in. Cobb said he had some pain and numbing in his fingers, but luckily it wasn’t anything serious like blood clots. He said that his arm actually started bothering him on July 30th. Joe Maddon expects to see Cobb pitch again in 2011, but it still is a very disappointing and frustrating setback for a surging young pitcher. Hopefully it’s not anything long-term, because that could seriously hurt the Rays future. For example, Jeff Niemann’s mid-season injury last year put a major dent in the Rays rotation. Probably it won’t be anything that bad, but only time will tell.
Now for the good news. John Jaso’s oblique stain has healed and he is almost ready to rejoin the Rays. He played 5 innings as the catcher in his rehab start in Durham last night, and went 2-3 with two RBI’s. Always good to have Jaso with the team. As much as I like to see Chirinos get a lot of big-league playing time, I’m glad to see Jaso healthy and back in action. He won’t rejoin the Rays for a while, as he will be spending at least two weeks in Durham recovering.
Week 8 Power Rankings are posted under ‘Pages’ to your right side of the screen. Sorry to those who were expecting last week’s rankings, I got caught up with a lot of stuff and I apologize. Also, I’m making a new change to the Power Rankings. From now on the top 15 teams will be listed, rather than all 30. Check it out! ————————–>
Joe Maddon is once again experimenting with his young players this year, just has he’s done every year in the past. He seems to know what he’s doing, because it has always led to good things in the future. Maddon is the kind of person who always thinks ahead. He makes sure he knows every player and their qualities before next year’s spring training even begins. So far this year, the experiment hasn’t helped the team win more games. The young relief pitchers from Durham have struggled in the past month. This is giving me the feeling that Maddon is focused more on the 2012 season than now. A strategy that not many can argue with, considering how hot the Yanks and Sox are.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Joe has given up on the 2011 Rays by any means. Neither has the team. The hard work of the new rookies really shows how bright the Rays future is. Desmond Jennings, Robinson Chirinos, Brandon Gomes, are examples of players have shown that they are MLB quality. The exciting part is that phenom prospect Matt Moore hasn’t even been called up yet.
Farm grown players like these are the trademark of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise. The Yanks have their ‘Core 4’ and the Cardinals have Albert Pujols, and etc. The Rays are always going to have a young team like this; it is the key to success for a small market team. New faces every year is what makes the Rays so fun to watch, and also what makes them good.