Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Ramos is likely to remain on the disabled list through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Ramos, 30, was drawing a lot of trade interest after putting together a terrific first half of the season. He hit .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 315 plate appearances, earning a nomination to the American League All-Star team. Due to his injury, Ramos was replaced by the Indians’ Yan Gomes.
The Rays went into the All-Star break with a 49-47 record. While above .500, they are 18 games out of first place in the AL East and 8.5 games behind in the Wild Card race with three teams ahead of them, including the second-place, 62-win Yankees. Baseball Prospectus gives the Rays a 7.6 chance to make the playoffs. Understandably, the club may be more motivated to sell than to go full bore towards competing for a playoff appearance.