Rays closer Jake McGee expected to make season debut this weekend

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Rays closer Jake McGee, who’s been on the disabled list all season following December elbow surgery, is on the verge of returning.

Manager Kevin Cash told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times: “I think we’ll see him at some point over the weekend.” Tampa Bay begins a three-game series with Minnesota tomorrow night.

Brad Boxberger has done a great job filling in for McGee, saving 10 games with a 1.29 ERA and 20/6 K/BB ratio in 14 innings, so it’s possible the Rays will keep the status quo for a while and work McGee back into the late-inning mix gradually.

McGee is coming off a breakout 2014 campaign in which he saved 19 games and posted a 1.89 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 71 innings. He’s one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball, assuming he’s fully healthy.