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The Tampa Bay Rays reportedly scratched ace Shane McClanahan from his Tuesday start contrary to the Miami Marlins due to a shoulder concern, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Nightengale noted the southpaw will undergo further tests.
Shawn Armstrong were only available in his place.
The outcomes of these tests on McClanahan could go quite a distance toward determining the way the remaining Rays’ season unfolds.
He made his first All-Star Game this year and contains been excellent with a 2.20 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 182 strikeouts in 147.1 innings. That is just the next big league campaign of his career after he posted a 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 123.1 innings as a rookie.
If he does go back to the mound and continues to pitch at his current pace, a Cy Young could possibly be waiting given his overall ranks in the American League:
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Shane McClanahan this year:
ERA: 2.20 2nd
WHIP: 0.86 2nd
Ks: 182 3rd
Opp AVG: .185 1st pic.twitter.com/xOgR0gBGXB
Tampa Bay is 70-57 and seven games behind the brand new York Yankees in the American League East. In addition, it holds the very best American League wild-card spot with a half-game lead on the Seattle Mariners, one-game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays and three-game lead on the Baltimore Orioles in the battle for three spots.
Anything significantly less than a playoff spot at this time will be a massive disappointment for the Rays, but their position will undoubtedly be a lot more precarious if McClanahan is sidelined.
For the time being, they will have to depend on Corey Kluber, Drew Rasmussen and Jeffrey Springs to anchor the rotation.