Shane McClanahan likely out for rest of season with an arm issue
Another huge blow has been dealt to the Rays’ rotation as Shane McClanahan will likely not pitch again this season. The news was officially delivered by manager Kevin Cash, but first reported on by Marc Topkin.
Up to this point, McClanahan was pitching at a Cy Young level and heavily carrying this already battered Rays rotation. It wasn’t until he first started dealing with this issue that his play started to slip, which prompted Tampa Bay to place him on the IL on Aug. 3.
The initial “diagnosis” was forearm tightness but it was said that additional imaging was going to be needed before making a decision, which has unfortunately brought us to the present.
Cash had this to say about the situation.
“At this point, probably everything’s on the table, all consideration,” Cash said. “There is one more important appointment left with Dr. Meister on Monday. The surgery could be Tommy John, flexor, loose body removal. We don’t know yet.”Quote via Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Florida.
So, yeah, the organization is not exactly sure what kind of surgery is going to be needed, but the Rays do seem to be sure that he will need at least one of them, in turn landing McClanahan on the IL for the rest of the year.
The Rays traded for Aaron Civale to try and negate some of these injuries, but at this point, I’m not sure it’s going to be enough. A team can only survive so many injuries, this might be the one that does it for the Rays.
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