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The Rays’ offseason began on Oct. 12, the day after their loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. The front office in Tampa Bay will be busy all winter making moves and checking injuries to prepare the team for spring training.
You can keep track of all the Rays’ transactions as well as the rehabbing progress of players throughout the offseason.
Nov. 19: Selected INF Jonathan Aranda, C/INF Ford Proctor, RHP Calvin Faucher, RHP Tommy Romero
The Rays added the four players to their 40-man team before the deadline in order to protect potential Rule 5 Draft-eligible prospects. It was not surprising that none of these moves were made. Faucher, Romero and others are likely to be part of the big league pitching staff in the next year. They have shown great results for Triple-A Durham. Aranda was a star at the plate and earned Double-A Montgomery’s MVP award. Proctor, an interesting utility man with outstanding on-base skills at plate and the unique ability of playing good defense behind the plate as well as anywhere in the infield, is Proctor.
Nov. 19: Traded RHP Brent Honeywell Jr. to the A’s for cash considerations
The Rays sent Honeywell, once a top prospect in the game’s pitching department, to an A’s team to help clear a spot on their 40-man roster. Honeywell made his long-awaited MLB debut in April for the Rays, but he didn’t spend much time with Tampa Bay. However, he did pitch well in Triple-A Durham. The Rays will have to make a decision on whether or not to retain the righty next year.
Nov. 19: Traded Minor League RHP Tobias Myers to the Guardians for Minor League INF Junior Caminero
Myers would be eligible for Rule 5 Draft if he was not on the Rays’ 40-man list. Given his performance and close proximity to the Majors he would have been eligible to be selected by another team. Rather than risk losing him for nothing, Tampa Bay flipped Myers to Cleveland for Caminero, an intriguing 18-year-old who hit .295/.380/. 534 with nine homers, 20 walks and 28 strikeouts in 43 games in the Dominican Summer League this past season.
Nov. 19: Unconditionally released LHP Dietrich Enns
Enns had a stellar year at Triple-A Durham and was able to handle himself well when called upon by the Rays down the stretch. The lefty would have had no options next year, making Tampa Bay unable to keep him on their roster. However, Enns was offered an opportunity to pitch in Japan next season and was given a guaranteed contract. The Rays knew they had to make room on the 40-man roster and so released Enns.
LHP Brendan McKay (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery)
Expected return for Early 2022
McKay, who hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2019, underwent thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) decompression surgery on Nov. 23. Dr. Greg Pearl performed the operation in Dallas. According to the Rays’, McKay will concentrate on his rehabilitation as a pitcher. It is expected that he will return to throwing by February 1. The plan is to have the 25-year-old McKay begin a throwing program and mound progression at the start of Spring Training.
McKay has had a difficult, frustrating and injury-ridden stretch. The Rays’ No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. 9 prospect per MLB Pipeline. The lefty sat out all of ’20 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery, made it back for seven appearances in the Minors between June and mid-August, missed the rest of the season due to a flexor strain and then required surgery to address TOS. McKay will be receiving a fourth Minor League option season in 2022. due to his string of injuries. (Last updated: Nov. 24)
CF Kevin Kiermaier (right knee surgery)
Expected return: Spring Training
According to the Rays, Kiermaier had arthroscopic surgery performed on his right knee to repair a small meniscus tear on November 3. Two days after the operation, Kiermaier was scheduled to begin a rehabilitation program. He will return to full activity within four to six weeks. This means that Kiermaier will be fully ready for Spring Training in 2022.. (Last updated: Nov. 3)
1B/OF Jordan Luplow (left ankle surgery)
Expected return: Spring Training
Luplow underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Oct. 19, an operation performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. Luplow’s left leg was a problem all season. He was on the injured list in May while still with Cleveland because of a sprain which kept him out of action until July 30,, when he was traded from Tampa Bay to Tampa Bay. In August, Luplow was back in the IL with a recurrence. This ankle problem flared up when he hit on his left foot, and he said it was something he would have to manage for the remainder of the season. Luplow, a right-handed batter and the platoon bat that the Rays adore, is expected to be 100 ready for Spring Training. (Last updated: Oct. 19)
RHP Nick Anderson (right elbow Surgery)
Expected return: Second half of the 2022 Season
Anderson was sidelined by a partially torn UCL from late March through mid-September. On Oct. 27., Anderson had right elbow surgery. According to the Rays, Dr. Keith Meister performed the operation in Dallas. Anderson had his UCL repaired using an internal brace. Anderson will be unable to throw for at least three to four more months. His expected return to action after the 2022 All Star break is when he is expected to be back in throwing. (Last updated: Oct. 28)
RHP Ryan Thompson (right shoulder swelling)
Expected Return: Spring Training 2022
Thompson had thoracic outlet surgery performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas on September 30. If his recovery is successful, the righty should be healthy enough to go to Spring Training. Lefty Cody Reed underwent a similar procedure and was back in game action within four months. (Last updated: Oct. 13)
LHP Jeffrey Springs (right knee strain)
Expected return: 2022
Springs was forced to leave the Rays’ game against Red Sox July 31 after his right knee gave way while he tried to field Rafael Devers’ third base bunt. He experienced continued discomfort during his attempts to rehab the injury, and Dr. Koco Eaton performed surgery to reconstruct a torn ACL in his right knee on Aug. 16. (Last updated: Aug. 16)
RHP Yonnychirinos (right elbow Surgery)
Expected return for Early 2022
At the close of Tommy John rehabilitation, Chirinos suffered a right elbow injury while throwing off the mound in September. Later that month, he had surgery. This likely puts him back a few more weeks as he prepares for Spring Training. If his recovery is successful, Chirinos may be ready to pitch sometime in April or May. On Nov. 7, he was taken off the 60-day injured list and re-entered the Rays’ 40-man team roster. (Last updated: Nov. 7)
RHP Tyler Glasnow (UCL strain/flexor strain).
Expected return is Likely 2023
Glasnow, out since June 14, underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 4, with Dr. Keith Meister performing the operation in Arlington, Texas. He will likely miss the 2022 season, before returning to 2023, club control. Glasnow realized he could not continue pitching with such discomfort after he was put on the injured list. He prepared for season-ending surgery. (Last updated: Aug. 4)
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