MLB: Brandon Lowe and Shane Baz will miss the rest of the season for the Rays


ST. PETERSBURG — Second baseman Brandon Lowe and right-hander Shane Baz will miss the rest of the season for the Tampa Bay Rays due to injury.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Saturday that Lowe had a lower back injury and hadn’t responded well to treatment. Baz meanwhile will undergo Tommy John-style surgery.

The Rays have received some good news, however, as pitcher Tyler Glasnow is expected to be back with the team next week after recovering from a Tommy John-type procedure he suffered in August 2021.

Glasnow struck out six batters in two and two-thirds innings to the mound in his fourth AAA start on Friday night. He could pitch Wednesday against the Cleveland Guardians.

The Rays are close to confirming their playoff spot in the AL, despite losing center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, receiver Mike Zunino and reliever Andrew Kittredge, all of whom will miss the remainder of the season.

Lowe should not resort to surgery. He has missed 68 games overall in two separate stints on the injured list this season.

Lowe hit 39 long balls last year.

The decision for Baz, 23, came after a 15-shot session on Saturday. Injured in mid-July, his efforts to avoid surgery were unsuccessful.

Baz is also expected to miss the entire 2023 season.

Glasnow went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last season. He made his last major league appearance on June 14, against the Chicago White Sox.


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