Tampa Bay Rays fans have been holding their breath for the past week regarding outfielder Austin Meadows' health. He has been in and out of the Spring Training lineup due to injuries, but the latest update comes with good news. It's a real possibility that he will be on the Opening Day active roster.
Austin Meadows Injury Update
Meadows made an abrupt exit in Tampa Bay's game on Sunday after citing tightness in both of his quads. The team found no reason to be overly worried, though. In fact, the Rays' athletic training staff attributed the injury to dehydration and too much time spent driving on his daily commute.
The four-year pro will take it easy on Monday and see if the rest ultimately helps him out. He is considered day to day at this point. After also battling a minor oblique injury last week, Meadows' health heading toward Opening Day should be atop Tampa Bay's list of priorities to address.
Having Meadows' bat in the lineup to open the season would be a huge boost for the Rays. The 26-year-old owns a career slash line of .260/.333/.489 and posted a career-high 106 RBIs in 2021. Meadows also finished the season with 27 home runs, 79 runs scored and 4 stolen bases.
The Rays are set to open the season with a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Friday, April 8. For now, Tampa Bay has odds set at +250 to win the AL East division and odds set at +1600 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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