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Rays Get Bad News with Pete Fairbanks Injury Update

Devon Platana
The Tampa Bay Rays have received some bad news with the latest Pete Fairbanks injury update.
The Tampa Bay Rays have received some bad news with the latest Pete Fairbanks injury update. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The excitement throughout the baseball world is increasing as the MLB's Opening Day 2022 is just over one week away. The Tampa Bay Rays, however, aren't feeling much excitement after receiving bad news regarding one of their top relievers, Pete Fairbanks.

TheTampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reported Monday that the Fairbanks could potentially miss "several months" with a right lat injury and that "midseason could be a reasonable target date" for his return.

Pete Fairbanks Injury Update

Rays News

Fairbanks initially injured his right lat muscle on Sunday in a preseason game before MRI results gave the Rays bad news on Monday. The club was advised that the 28-year-old right shouldn't throw at all for at least the next six weeks, so we'll have a better idea of his return timetable in May at the earliest.

Fairbanks was solid in 47 appearances for the Rays last season, finishing with a 3-6 record, 3.59 ERA, five saves and 1.430 WHIP in 42.2 innings pitched. Considering how the Rays' bullpen had the third-best ERA last season (3.24), it's easy to see how much Fairbanks will be missed.

Topkin alluded to the Rays potentially taking advantage of the new roster rules for April. For the first month of the 2022 campaign, MLB clubs can carry 28 players instead of 26, giving Tampa Bay the opportunity to call up additional relievers from the minors.

It'll be interesting to see how Fairbanks' absence impacts the Rays' odds of winning their first-ever championship. As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving them +1300 odds (T-7th) to win the 2022 World Series.

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