The Tampa Bay Rays have an emergency. Second baseman Brandon Lowe, 29, is out of the lineup.
“Lowe will miss four to six weeks with a fractured right patella (kneecap), Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash announced on Wednesday,” ESPN reported. Lowe went down after being hit in the knee by his own foul ball in a game against the Los Angeles Angels on April 22. At the time, it was not expected to be a major problem, but a medical examination revealed a “fracture.토토사이트
Lowe played in 109 games this season, batting .231 (87-for-377) with 21 home runs and 68 RBIs. He was one of five Tampa Bay hitters (Isaac Paredes-Jose Ciri-Randy Arozarena-Yandy Diaz) to hit 20 homers. His sudden departure compounded the bad news for the offense. Tampa Bay was already without center fielder Siri and another outfielder, Luke Reilly, due to injury. Now, Lowe is also down with an injury.
Tampa Bay is currently battling with the Baltimore Orioles for the American League (AL) East title. Regardless of the outcome of the remaining games, the Rays have clinched at least a wild-card berth and a spot in the postseason (PS), but they need to stay healthy in order to perform in fall baseball.
Lowe is in his sixth year in the big leagues after making his debut in 2018. His career numbers are .245 (1765-for-433) with 105 home runs and 305 RBIs. He finished eighth in AL Most Valuable Player voting in 2020 and 10th in 2021 after hitting 39 home runs.