The Tampa Bay Rays announced, after Saturday’s losing contest against the Yankees, that INF Christian Arroyo has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Adeiny Hechavarria has been recalled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham and activated.
We’ve placed INF Christian Arroyo on the 10-day DL (left oblique strain). Tomorrow, we will reinstate SS Adeiny Hechavarria from the disabled list.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 16, 2018
Arroyo had been productive in his 16 starts with the Rays, hitting .264. Manager Kevin Cash said the injury took place during Arroyo’s first plate appearance in Friday’s ball game:
The injury crept up in his first at-bat on (Friday), Cash said. He tried to manage himself through it. Being a young player, and we know how those work, you try to fight through it and you make it worse. It made the most sense to put him on the DL.
If the injury doesn’t improve, Arroyo will have an MRI.
Hechavarria missed approximately a month of action because of a right hamstring strain. With the promotion of top prospect Willy Adames, who has been handed the starting shortstop job, it isn’t entirely clear how Hechavarria will factor into the Rays’ plans. Hechavarria hasn’t played anywhere but shortstop, yet he could help boost an offense that has scored just one run over the past 21 innings. Hechavarria hit .273 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 36 games.
The timing of Arroyo’s injury has complicated the team’s plans, as internal trade whispers have circulated around the Hecahvarria who seemed all but certain to be dealt, or otherwise dropped from the roster, later this week. According to Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times) the Rays still are likely to look to move him, although the timing of a move remains unclear.
INF Daniel Robertson is said to be on the road to recovery from his hamstring strain, and could be activated as early as Friday, when he is eligible to come of the DL.