The Rays were dealt a tough blow last month when reliever Jake McGee required arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body from his left elbow, but the club announced that he was able to resume playing catch today at Tropicana Field.
It’s good news, but McGee is expected to begin the season on the disabled list. Barring any setbacks, the hope is that he’ll be able to return in late April or early May.
McGee, 28, posted a 1.89 ERA with 19 saves and a 90/16 K/BB ratio across 71 1/3 innings last season. The Rays will likely rely on a committee at closer until he’s ready to return, with Brad Boxberger, Ernesto Frieri, and Kevin Jepsen among the potential fill-in candidates.