The Rays have elected to shut down infielder Matt Duffy for two weeks, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, citing back and hamstring injuries. Duffy, then, will begin the regular season on the injured list, and his absence may extend beyond the minimum 10 days on the IL.
Injuries have plagued Duffy’s entire tenure with the Rays. The now 28-year-old third baseman was acquired from the Giants in July 2016, suffered an Achilles injury later that summer and missed the entire 2017 season as a result. He also spent a bit of time on the disabled list due to a hamstring strain in 2018 as well, though he managed to suit up for 132 games last year.
Defensive metrics have typically regarded Duffy as a superlative option at third base, and at the plate he’s mixed strong contact skills with a solid walk rate. He’s only demonstrated modest power at his best, however, and most of his pop eroded in 2018 (.072 ISO, four homers in 560 plate appearances).
With Duffy sidelined to begin the season, Tampa Bay will likely turn to Joey Wendle at third base, with recently extended Brandon Lowe seeing regular work at second base. Offseason pickup Yandy Diaz can also play third, but he’ll line up at first base and designated hitter as well in the season’s early stages.
The IL list is not ILL..
Bring back the DL
BRING BACK THE DL
Guess you were first Xabial…..
jorge78! I consider you a friendly… Why Potshot…
But I think MLB will change the IL list soon…
It sounds too much like “ill”! People will think:
IL —> ILL—> therefore—> same as mentally ILL?
Change, for the sake of change. You can’t please all.
Why worry about it?
More DL. And more cowbell please.
A semantics controversy.
Enforced by the political correctness police.
This is baseball. No need to get all politically correct.
Ya everyxer is getting xer panties in a wad just relax
“The principal concern is that using the term ‘disabled’ for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports.”
Ah, more liberal fear of words — I’m pretty sure they don’t understand what “no evidence of collusion” means either.
Huh? What? Who cares whether it is IL, or DL. Why do you politically correct people get on here? This is baseball.
“Who cares whether it is IL, or DL?”
Almost this whole thread. You’re the only one. Make intelligent case, w/o attacking, or don’t reply.
I’m sure we’ll get used to it soon…. Just hate it was implemented so soon, and suddenly.. As if MLB worries so much about not offending, they dont care about their existing fanbase… DL IL .. like you said “who cares?” Why change for the definition of political correctness? What I love most about this sport, #1 or #3 in popularity
It’s LEAST political sport, out of all of them! Changed lDL” to “IL” to appease… that politicizes the sport.
What is so political about not calling someone who is injured “disabled”? All you people griping about it being too PC getting your undies in a wad… get over it. If disabled is offensive to some people but not you, that’s great. Congrats. It’s no skin off your back if they change the name.
Its political because it deals with public affairs. Its politics because because they are trying to be judicious. The fact is that injured players are disabled. They are disabled from playing ball. Now we’re told not to call them disabled. People dont like being told what to do.
This is a minor offense of a much larger problem. Trying to shape and dictate what people can and cannot say is a problem.
Those poor ballplayers! Making their full salaries (most of them anyway) while they can’t play a kids’ game! Just as bad as the veteran who had his legs shot off. Maybe worse!
Kidding aside, it’s pretty rich when people get pissed about being told that they can’t call someone something that might offend a group of people they’re not a part of, and instead complain that their rights are being trampled on. All over society today people are defending their right to be nasty, asinine jerks, ignoring how easy it is to just not call someone something that might be a pejorative.
Have you considered that you all are the ones making this political by continuing, or maybe even just by starting this semantic conversation? That’s how I see it.
Long live the injured list! I love seeing the crotchety, pants-to-their-nipples bros of the internet and their variations on “wahhh, the libs are being too PC” because of innocuous stuff like this.
Guess it’s too hard for some people to not be jerks. Have a good night, friend.
Wow. I didn’t know this was such a huge concern of the anti-PC Police. The injuries are the same.
So when a player blows out an Anterior Cruciate Ligament, do you really care about the political nature of those who care about the player.
The NHL is the least “political sport”. And also the least boring.
Sorry, I provided a quote without providing the source, perhaps mistakenly implying I wrote it.
The change to IL from DL is the political correctness. We are criticizing political correctness as much as you are.
I don’t know what you are upset about. MLB is more concerned with health of their product.
the IL? lol
What’s this IL BS bring back the DL.
You are right. The DL is the most important two letters in the world. IL will lead us into eternal damnation.
Duffy was hurt when the Rays acquired him, and has collected various injuries ever since. No surprise here.
Far from the end of the world; just means his trade value on 7/31 just tanked a bit. Robertson’s got a place to play now, tho the better long range idea would be to get Adames away from shortstop, which even Keith Law notes is the thing to do. And D-Rob’s total package is higher than Duffy’s.
Raise your hand if you are surprised. Dude is as brittle as any player I can remember.
“Injured” is a more precise term than “disabled,” so the switch from DL to IL makes good sense to me.
More to come…?
“Duffy, then, will begin the regular season on the injured list, and his absence may extend beyond the minimum 10 days on the IL.”
Take out “then” and you’ll have yourself a legit sentence devoid of unnecessary commas.
Is Matt Duffy the Rays best 3B option? It seems Brandon Lowe would be the starter there all along.