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Rays to call up two-way player Brendan McKay

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Tampa Bay Rays plan to call up two-way player Brendan McKay this weekend. He’s expected to take the mound as the Rays starter on Saturday against Texas.

McKay, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft and a top-20 prospect , started his professional career playing first base and pitching. More recently the Rays have made him a pitcher/DH in order to keep things simple. His arm is pretty far ahead of his bat thus far in his minor league career, however, so expect the Rays to focus on that part of his game.

As a pitcher this year he went 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA, striking out 62 in 43.2 innings at Double-A Montgomery and 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA, striking out 26 in 25 innings for Triple-A Durham. As a hitter he stunk up the joint while at Montgomery but has a line of .265/.400/.551 with four home runs in 60 plate appearances since his promotion to Triple-A which ain’t too shabby.

 

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.