MIAMI — Tampa Bay Rays RF Wil Myers had his sprained right wrist examined Monday by team orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton, who then referred Myers to hand specialist Douglas Carlan to determine the extent of the injury.
The MRI taken Monday showed bone bruising and swelling. Carlan will check to see if there is a small fracture. If so, Myers could be out for six weeks. If not, Myers could return closer to June 15, the day he is scheduled to come off the disabled list.
“It could be not so bad, it could be worse,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We just have to wait for the doctor to tell us.”
The good news is the MRI did not show a displaced fracture, which would require surgery and a longer stint on the disabled list.
“I’m not hearing surgery,” Maddon said. “I haven’t heard that word at all. Just length of rehab seems to be the prominent concern or the discussion.”
Good news for Hellickson
RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right elbow surgery) threw 50 pitches Monday in a simulated game that went three-plus innings.
The session went well, according to Maddon. The club will wait to see how Hellickson feels today before scheduling the next course of action. If all goes well, Hellickson will throw a bullpen Wednesday and start his minor-league rehab assignment Saturday.
“He’s getting close to going out,” Maddon said.
Since he’s already at 50 pitches over three-plus innings, Hellickson would pitch four innings/60 pitches Saturday, then follow that with an outing of five innings/75 pitches and six innings/90 pitches. That would put him on pace to return June 22.
“That’s theoretically possible,” Maddon said.
Welcome home, Juan?
RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo returned to Miami on Monday for the first time since he last pitched for the Marlins in 2011, though technically he was pitching in a football stadium a few miles up the road.
He was known as Leo Nunez then, and he was the Marlins’ closer who saved 92 games from 2009-11.
Oviedo, with RHP Joel Peralta interpreting, said he’s close to throwing as well as he did before he had his Tommy John surgery in September 2011. Oviedo said he’s healthy and his arm strength is returning.
Oviedo entered Monday having allowed three runs in his previous three outings — two of which were walk-off losses. Prior to that, he had a run of 11 straight scoreless appearances. Maddon has used Oviedo in more high-leverage situations lately in an effort to reduce some of the workload on Peralta.
“My biggest concern is to not use him too often right now,” Maddon said. “He’s had plenty of appearances, and it’s coming along well. There’s been no setbacks. Some of it has been my caution with him, too.”
Maddon said Oviedo is close to pitching the way he did when he was a Marlin, with a fastball consistently clocked in the mid-90s
“Maybe after the All-Star break he should be feeling pretty good about himself,” Maddon said.
While the big club has been struggling, the Rays’ four full-season affiliates were a combined 10-0 during play Friday, Saturday and Sunday. … Evan Longoria remained second in voting for third basemen for the All-Star game, trailing Oakland’s Josh Donaldson. … The Rays’ 16-29 record since April 12 was the worst in the majors heading into Monday. … The Rays’ wives/girlfriends lost 10-9 to the Marlins’ wives/girlfriends during their annual charity softball game. The Rays were playing for Autism Speaks. The series is tied at 4.