Steven Souza had a somewhat disappointing debut season with the Rays in 2015, missing a large chunk of time with a fractured left hand. Now his second season with the Rays is off to an iffy start too.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Souza suffered an intercostal strain while taking swings in a batting cage at Rays camp. There won’t be an MRI taken for a couple days, so the severity is uncertain. It’s likely to cost him at least a couple of weeks.
Opening Day is still a long way away and Souza could feasibly catch back up with the other outfielders in Rays camp if the strain is minor, but a season-opening disabled list stint is now a real possibility.
There should be an update on the 26-year-old outfielder later this week.
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Smith, 22, did not play in the Mets’ first Grapefruit League game after showing up late. He played on Saturday, scoring two runs on a single and a hit-by-pitch in two plate appearances. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup.
The Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez during the offseason, which makes him the front runner for the starting job at first base. Smith needs to have a strong spring showing to make the 25-man roster but so far, it hasn’t gone well.
Smith made his major league debut in August last year and ended up playing in 49 games. He struggled to a .198/.262/.395 slash line with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 183 plate appearances.