Rays place Shane Baz on injured list, have 17 players sidelined

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay placed starter Shane Baz on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow sprain, leaving the Rays with 17 players on the IL.

Their list, which ties the Cincinnati Reds for the most in the major leagues, includes 12 pitchers.

Despite all the injury woes, Rays hold the first AL wild card spot.

Baz felt discomfort playing catch Tuesday and will be shut down for at least four weeks.

The right-hander, 1-2 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts this season, had surgery on his right elbow in March and didn’t make his season debut until mid-June.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said the two injuries are not related.

The Rays did get some good news on the injury front.

Luis Patino, out since April 12 with a left oblique strain and blister issues, is expected to start Friday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Another starter, Jeffrey Springs, is expected to return when eligible on July 22 after being sidelined by lower right leg tightness since July 7. The lefty is 3-2 with a 2.53 ERA in 19 games, including 11 starts.

Cash didn’t rule out second baseman Brandon Lowe returning this weekend. The slugger hasn’t played a big-league game since mid-May due to a lower back injury.

“He said he feels good and we’re encouraged by that,” Cash said.

Tampa Bay is missing shortstop Wander Franco (fractured hamate bone surgery), center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (left hip), catcher Mike Zunino (left shoulder) and ace Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery, Aug. 2021).

Tampa Bay recalled reliever Luke Bard from Triple-A Durham.

 

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.