Shane McClanahan exits with team trainer

ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday night time was wildly irritating for the Rays, however apparently it may have been worse.

They misplaced to the Astros, 5-0, falling two video games behind the Blue Jays within the American League Wild Card race. Their lineup was no-hit into the fifth inning and shut out for the second straight night time at Tropicana Field, their first back-to-back shutouts since Aug. 11-12, 2017. And ace Shane McClanahan walked off the mound with a trainer throughout a plate look within the fifth inning of his second begin again from the 15-day injured checklist.

The final level would appear to be the largest concern, however McClanahan eased some potential worries afterwards. The All-Star left-hander was eliminated attributable to tightness/spasms within the left aspect of his neck, not a recurrence of the left shoulder damage that despatched him to the IL, and he believes he’ll be able to make his subsequent scheduled begin

“I fought to remain within the recreation. I really feel fantastic now. I felt fantastic 5 seconds later,” McClanahan stated. “But [in the] center of September, I respect the precautionary transfer. … I’m able to get again on the market and assist this team win.”

McClanahan walked Jose Altuve to begin the fifth, then threw three straight balls under the strike zone to Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña. McClanahan appeared to grimace and twist his neck after throwing a changeup throughout that sequence, which drew supervisor Kevin Cash and first assistant athletic trainer Mike Sandoval from the house dugout to the mound.

McClanahan appeared to inform Cash, “I’m good,” on the mound, however he left alongside Sandoval after a quick dialog. As Cash famous afterward, “I’d relatively be proactive than not.” McClanahan was changed by right-hander Shawn Armstrong, who went on to stroll Peña.

“He was fairly adamant he did not wish to come out. He was not joyful about that. But we’re making an attempt to make one of the best determination,” Cash stated. “It’s the second begin again from lacking a while on the IL. I feel all of us perceive how vital he’s to our membership.”

And, in mild of latest occasions, why the Rays could be so cautious.

McClanahan was scratched from his Aug. 30 begins in Miami solely minutes earlier than he was scheduled to pitch and landed on the injured checklist the subsequent day attributable to a left shoulder impingement. He served the minimal 15-day stint, returned to the mound final Thursday in Toronto, pitched like he was at full power and stated Monday he felt “regular.”

After leaving Tuesday’s recreation, McClanahan didn’t instantly return to the Rays’ clubhouse for remedy, as apparent a sign as any that he wasn’t overly involved about his standing transferring ahead. Instead, he stood subsequent to pitching coach Kyle Snyder because the inning continued.

“Just slightly tweak, no matter you wish to name it. Tried stretching it out, felt fantastic,” McClanahan stated. “They noticed it and [exercised] the abundance of warning, however I feel it was the correct transfer.”

Before that, catcher Francisco Mejía famous McClanahan was “looking for his command” as he allowed 4 runs in his first three innings in opposition to the Astros. The All-Star starter has thrown 67 p.c of his pitches for strikes this season, however solely 45 of his 80 pitches have been strikes on Tuesday. and he walked a career-high 4 batters. He was charged with a career-high-tying 5 runs general, together with one Armstrong allowed to attain within the fifth.

McClanahan induced solely two swinging strikes on 19 swings throughout his first journey via Houston’s lineup and 5 whiffs on 52 pitches throughout his first three innings. He appeared to bounce again within the fourth, recording three strikeouts round a one-out stroll, then left after throwing 10 pitches within the fifth.

“Obviously I’m annoyed. Middle of September, we’re in a playoff push, I should be higher than that,” McClanahan stated. “I may have completed a manner higher job tonight executing pitches, throwing high quality strikes and limiting the harm.”

McClanahan would have needed to be almost good, although, given the best way Houston has stifled Tampa Bay’s lineup. The Rays’ first hit was Christian Bethancourt’s two-out single within the fifth, and so they did not get a runner to 3rd till they loaded the bases with one out within the ninth. Ryan Pressly shut down that rally, nevertheless, extending the Rays’ scoreless streak to twenty innings.

“We simply could not get the ultimate hit. Those are issues that may occur in baseball,” Bethancourt stated. “We’re going through an ideal pitching workers. We’ve bought to make some changes.”

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