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Monday Bantering: Rays’ Tommy Hunter Placed on 10-Day DL

Your morning update for everything Blue Jays.

MLB: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays
Tommy Hunter left yesterday’s Rays game with a calf strain.
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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed reliever Tommy Hunter on the 10-day disabled list with a calf strain, according to a team announcement. While covering first base in Saturday’s game, Hunter felt a tug, like he “got bit by a snake,” as Hunter told reporters after the game. “My right calf didn’t want me to go.”

In a corresponding move, the Rays have recalled prospect Chih-Wei Hu from triple-A Durham, his first time being on a major-league roster.

In Hunter’s first year with the Rays, he has posted a 1.08 ERA in just over eight innings so far, spread over the course of 10 games. Last season, split between Cleveland and the Baltimore Orioles, Hunter had a 3.18 ERA in 34 innings. His season was shortened due to a non-displaced fracture.

Aaron Sanchez, encouraged by a bullpen session on Saturday, was once again throwing yesterday, his second straight day of work following surgery on his right middle finger to remove part of his nail. Per Arash Madani, Sanchez did throw his change-up. If he progresses as planned, Sanchez will throw off a mound today or tomorrow. Sanchez is eligible to be activated off of the 10-day disabled list tomorrow.

Things are finally clicking - so buckle up and enjoy the ride. The Blue Jays won 6-2 against the Angels yesterday afternoon, securing at least a series tie - ending a streak of five straight series lost, a franchise record. Riding another complete game outing from Marcus Stroman, who allowed just two earned runs over 99 pitches, the Blue Jays scored six runs in the eighth and ninth frames to defeat Los Angeles.

Devon Travis, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins all homered. The Blue Jay now lead the American League for most home runs hit after the sixth inning. Pillar, with his home run, extended his hitting streak to 11 games, a career best.

Today, the Blue Jays will conclude their series against the Angels at 10:07 ET - back to late-night baseball. Francisco Liriano, still working at lowering his ERA from his first start, gets the nod from Toronto today, while the former Blue Jay Jesse Chavez will start for the Angels. Chavez was initially scheduled to start yesterday, but his outing was delayed after an inning of relief in Friday’s 13-inning game.

You can watch the game on both SNET and SNET-1. As always, you can listen to the game on SN590.

AL East score recap:

Other news:

  • J.P. Howell, rehabbing from an sore shoulder that landed him on the 10-day disabled list on April 9th, pitched one inning in Dunedin yesterday. He struck out all three batters he faced, and 14 of the 20 pitches he threw were strikes.
  • Jonathan Diaz has been promoted to the Buffalo Bisons from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.