Tampa Bay Rays received a jolt on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t just their 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Instead, the team’s focus was on the unexpected and alarming news about their All-Star left-hander, Shane McClanahan, which left many in the baseball community wondering about the team’s future prospects for the season.
A Season's Halt for McClanahan?
Rays' manager, Kevin Cash, didn’t sugarcoat the news when he shared that McClanahan might be benching the rest of the season. The left-hander is currently awaiting further evaluation on his injured left forearm.
"It's highly unlikely he will pitch again this season," Cash commented, adding that the situation is "less than ideal." When questioned about the potential treatments for McClanahan, Cash confirmed that a range of surgeries, including Tommy John surgery, flexor surgery, or a loose body removal, are currently being considered.
The gravity of the situation is evident, "I think at this point probably everything is on the table. Surgery is certainly an option," he noted. To ensure comprehensive assessment and care, McClanahan is set to consult with orthopedic surgeon Dr.
Keith Meister next Monday for a second opinion. It’s worth noting that the pitcher has already been evaluated by renowned Los Angeles-area surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, as reported by ESPN.
Rays' Rotational Concerns Deepen
McClanahan's predicament adds to a mounting challenge for the Rays.
The team's rotation already looks vulnerable, with several members currently sidelined. The list includes Jeffrey Springs, Drew Rasmussen, and Shane Baz – all out due to surgeries. Additionally, Josh Fleming is out with left elbow inflammation, though there's hope for his return after a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham.
Cash remains cautiously optimistic about Fleming's comeback, stating, "We're optimistic he will respond. Over the next two days let's see how he responds, and then we'll look to reinsert back into the rotation." As the regular season enters its final stretch, the Tampa Bay Rays face an uphill battle, with key players in the medical bay and pressure mounting on the field. Whether they can weather this storm will be a testament to the team's resilience and depth.
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