The Rays placed ace Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list due to loose bodies in his left elbow, the club announced on Thursday. However, it's possible the time frame could be longer, the source said, because so much will be dependent on where the Rays are in the playoff race.
Snell's injury comes with Tampa Bay in the depths of a playoff chase - as of Thursday afternoon the Rays trailed the division-leading Yankees by 10 games, but were just one game behind the Oakland Athletics for the second wild card spot. The Rays anticipated his return after the All-Star Break, but Glasnow suffered a setback during rehab last month that pushed his return to September.
The Rays inked Snell to a five-year, $50 million extension this offseason after his 2018 Cy Young campaign. "As long as they're able to take care of their business and play to their potential between now and the end of the month, I think we want to do everything we cannot to take this season for granted and see if there is a way to help this team in a responsible fashion". Snell finished May with a 3.06 ERA, then an 11.64 ERA over four starts in June means he will go into surgery boasting a not-good 4.82 mark. "I'm not anxious about them", said Snell, who became the second Cy Young victor in franchise history last season, when he led the major leagues with 21 wins. He had a MRI following a bullpen session Wednesday. Every time I found my groove and felt like I was about to get going, something had to get in the way.