Rays’ Margot, Kiermaier hurt; injured list likely for both

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays outfielders Manuel Margot and Kevin Kiermaier left Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees with injuries and are likely headed to the injured list.

Margot sprained his right knee in the ninth inning, crashing into the right field wall while chasing an RBI triple by Aaron Hicks. Margot was taken off the field on a cart after Josh Donaldson scored on the play.

“It doesn’t look good,” manager Kevin Cash said, adding that he expects Margot to miss “significant time.”

It will be Margot’s second trip to the injured list this season. He previously missed eight games with a right hamstring strain.

Kiermaier left the game after striking out in the second inning on Gerrit Cole‘s 98 mph fastball. His injury was described as left hip inflammation.

Cash said the hip has been bothering Kiermaier for several games.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.