The Rays already lost first baseman James Loney earlier this week due to a mild right oblique strain, but now John Jaso will join him on the 15-day disabled list due to a jammed left wrist.
Jaso suffered the injury on a head-first slide into second base on Opening Day on Monday. X-rays and an MRI revealed no structural damage, but the Rays couldn’t afford to short-handed on their bench much longer, so he’ll now get some extended rest.
Taking Jaso’s place on the roster will be 2011 first-round pick Mikie Mahtook. The 25-year-old batted .292/.362/.458 with 12 home runs, 68 RBI, and 18 stolen bases over 132 games last season with Triple-A Durham. The Rays are set to play this Marlins this weekend under National League rules, so Mahtook will provide some bench depth in his first taste of the majors.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”
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