Right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger could be edging closer to a comeback after not being able to appear in a game this season because of a lat issue and a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Boxberger has spent the whole campaign on the disabled list after pitching 27 games in 2016 which earned 4 wins for his side.
Boxberger had a really good season back in 2015 where he finished 53 games, 41 of which were recorded as saves for him, an incredible figure that was sure to bring him rewards. However, he has struggled since then, posting a 4.81 ERA in 2016 with no saves.
He’s being surely missed by his team, but his road to recovery might be closer than ever to being done now that he will start throwing batting practice on Monday.
The Rays have been suffering heavily due to injuries as Boxberger’s loss adds up with Wilson Ramos (knee), Brad Miller (abdomen) and Matt Duffy (heel). The trio has been injured for a while but Ramos will join Duffy and Miller taking live swings during the next few days, as they all look closer than ever to a return.
Tampa Bay Rays are in need of strong bullpen performances and any reinforcement they could get would certainly help, as they currently sit fourth in the American League’s East Division, only three games above the Jays, a side that isn’t having the brightest of seasons themselves but also undergoing injury woes like the Rays.