The Tampa Bay Rays received some terrible injury news on Saturday ahead of their scheduled home game with the Toronto Blue Jays.
For starters, rookie pitcher Shane Baz will require Tommy John surgery, which means he likely won't pitch for Tampa Bay again until 2024. Second baseman Brandon Lowe will also not return this year due to back issues.
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The latest Baz injury update is especially concerning given the severity of Tommy John surgery, especially so early in his career. The 23-year-old former first-round draft pick has only thrown 40 innings in his MLB career, so missing a full season will be a significant setback to his development.
Tampa Bay is also shutting Lowe down after injuries have limited him to just 65 games this year. The former All-Star clearly wasn't right when he did get on the field, batting just .221/.308/.383 with 8 home runs and 25 RBIs.
While Baz didn't get to make much of an impact in 2022, the Rays will miss Lowe's power bat after he led the team with 39 homers a year ago. While Tampa Bay is currently in possession of a Wild Card spot, the Rays will enter the postseason considerably shorthanded if they make it.
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These injuries won't help the Rays in their quest for their first World Series title in franchise history. Tampa Bay currently has +3600 odds to win it all on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.