Rays Get Encouraging Shane McClanahan Injury Update

The Tampa Bay Rays received an encouraging injury update on ace Shane McClanahan.
The Tampa Bay Rays received an encouraging injury update on ace Shane McClanahan. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Tampa Bay Rays and their fans are breathing a sigh of relief this morning after Shane McClanahan's latest injury update.

The AL Cy Young contender exited Tuesday's start against the Houston Astros early with neck tightness. Thankfully, it does not appear to be serious and he is still expected to make his next start on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shane McClanahan Injury Update

McClanahan departed in the top of the fifth inning after allowing his fifth run of the contest. While the Rays lost the game, 5-0, they are undoubtedly happy that McClanahan isn't headed back to the injured list. Tuesday's outing was only his second start back from the 15-day injured list, where he spent the first half of September with a left shoulder injury.

Despite the rough outing and recent injury woes, the 25-year-old southpaw is still 12-6 with a 2.36 ERA and 190 strikeouts in 156 1/3 innings. His All-Star campaign has been a big reason why Tampa Bay currently holds the second Wild Card spot in the American League with 14 games left to play.

Tampa Bay Rays Playoff Odds

While the Rays are extremely unlikely to win their division at this point, they're still well-positioned to return to the postseason for the fourth straight year. Keeping their ace healthy will go a long way towards not just making the playoffs, but potentially winning their first championship in franchise history.

Tampa Bay currently has the ninth-best odds of winning the World Series (+3000) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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