The Rays announced this afternoon that right-handers Luis Patiño and JT Chargois have each been placed on the 10-day injured list. Tommy Romero and Ralph Garza Jr. were recalled from Triple-A Durham in corresponding moves.
Patiño was forced out of yesterday’s start against the A’s in the first inning. The team quickly announced he’d been diagnosed with a left oblique strain, and it seems that injury will keep him out of action for the foreseeable future. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times wrote this afternoon that strains of similar magnitude can cost pitchers around two months, but manager Kevin Cash said the team will know whether that kind of absence is in the cards next week.
It’s another hit to a Rays rotation that has also lost Shane Baz and Ryan Yarbrough to the IL recently. The aforementioned Romero now looks as if he’ll slide in alongside Shane McClanahan, Corey Kluber and Drew Rasmussen, although Yarbrough’s absence isn’t expected to be especially lengthy. The Rays also have Josh Fleming on hand as a possible starter or long relief option.
Chargois, meanwhile, is dealing with left oblique tightness. That’s not as worrisome as Patiño’s issue, but it’ll still keep him out of action for the next couple weeks. Tampa Bay acquired the hard-throwing righty from the Mariners in last summer’s Diego Castillo deal. He posted a 1.90 ERA in 23 2/3 innings down the stretch, although that came with an alarming 14.3% walk rate. Chargois joins Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks as late-game options on the Tampa Bay injured list.