BOSTON — Rays RF Wil Myers was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained right wrist and returned to Tampa Bay, where he will be examined today by team orthopedic surgeon Koco Eaton.
Myers suffered the injury Friday night when he collided with CF Desmond Jennings in the 10th inning while trying to catch Boston’s C A.J. Pierzynski’s game-winning triple.
“I don’t think it’s going to be prolonged from what (head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) said, but you don’t know until he goes through all the doctor checkups back home,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Myers was batting .103 (4-for-39) during his previous 13 games, so missing a few weeks might not be so horrible.
“It’s not absolutely awful,” Maddon said. “It’s been a tough beginning for him this year. Maybe a little bit of a break right now keeps him frisky for the end of the year.”
Maddon said Myers might be able to find his swing during the at-bats he will get during his minor-league rehab assignment before he returns.
“For us to really be successful this year he’s got to be in the middle of our lineup somewhere like he had been last year,” Maddon said.
Injuries, injuries and more injuries
Myers is the third position player to go on the disabled list during this road trip, joining OF Brandon Guyer (fractured left thumb) and C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring tightness).
Also, SS Yunel Escobar didn’t play Saturday and didn’t start Sunday because of tightness in his left quad.
“We’ve had more injuries than this in the past and gotten through it. Other teams have injuries and get past us,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said. “Clearly it hasn’t helped us. It’s affected us. But for the most part, even though we have injuries, we haven’t been really unhealthy. I don’t think it’s an injury thing that’s factored into this at all. But we should and could be doing much better.”
Cobb welcomes rest
RHP Alex Cobb faces the Marlins tonight in Miami. He will pitch on five days’ rest instead of four had he stayed on schedule and pitched Sunday in Boston.
Cobb said the decision to push his start back was mutual.
“I think it’s just being smart,” Cobb said. “Going from zero to 100, going from the DL back into a big-league atmosphere in two pretty full-out games, it starts to put a little bit of a strain on your arm. It gets a little bit taxing. I just thought it was smart to take a little bit extra time and get the rest now. Hopefully it pays dividends later in the season.”
Sands makes debut
The Rays selected OF Jerry Sands from Triple-A Durham on Sunday and added him to the roster to replace Myers. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays transferred INF Tim Beckham to the 60-day disabled list.
Sands, claimed on waivers in December from Pittsburgh, served as the DH and was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
“It’s been a day,” Sands said. “Obviously you’d like to have a better result, but probably not going to be my last three-strikeout game ever.”
LHP Erik Bedard failed to go five innings for the second consecutive start. He gave up three runs on five hits as his record fell to 2-4. ... LHP Jake McGee did not allow a run in 14 appearances (131⁄3 innings) during May. He joined former Rays LHP J.P. Howell (June 2009) as the only pitchers in team history to turn in 14 scoreless appearances in a month. ... Sunday was the sixth time the Rays were shut out and the 24th time they were held to two or fewer runs.