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Brendan McKay will be shut down 7-10 days with shoulder irritation.
The team believes that McKay never got over the shoulder issue that plagued him last season. Rays manager Kevin Cash stated "We'll see how it kind of plays out. He's had some of those issues in the past, and we just want to do right by him." McKay had been throwing at the Rays' alternate site as he recovered from a positive COVID-19 test prior to summer camp. Everything had been going well until he started to experience some tightness. This is a precautionary move but it's yet another setback for the young lefty. The window to pitch this year is closing quickly with the season nearly a third of the way through.
Brendan McKay threw two simulated innings on Wednesday, but there is no timetable for him to return to the big-league club.
McKay can be dropped in all but the deepest leagues, but be ready to pick him up when he is ready, which could be by the end of the month. He posted a 5.83 ERA over 49 innings last year, but was a bit unlucky and his potential is through the roof.
Rays pitcher Brendan McKay (illness) came out of his batting practice session healthy but will need some time before he is ready to pitch in a game, according to manager Kevin Cash.
McKay missed all of summer camp and threw on Saturday for the first time as he continues to recover from COVID-19. The good news is that he appears to be healthy, but it sounds like he will need at least a couple of weeks before he is ready to face live hitters. In an abbreviated season, that might not be worth waiting for in redraft leagues unless you have enough roster spots to be able to stash him.
Brendan McKay has yet to appear at Rays summer camp.
The team has not given a reason for his absence. Tyler Glasnow and Yonny Chirinos have yet to appear as well. The team's rotation depth looks likely to be tested early on this summer.
Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not been throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.
The 24-year-old southpaw dealt with some shoulder soreness during spring training so this is purely a precautionary move by the Rays. Pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects McKay to have "zero limitations" if/when the MLB season resumes.