Hechavar­ria in­jures ham­string

Tampa Bay Times - - Raysreport - BY MARC TOPKIN Times Staff Writer

ANA­HEIM, Calif. — Al­ready short­handed, the Rays lost an­other front­liner Thurs­day when SS Adeiny Hechavar­ria left dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning with a right ham­string strain.

Hechavar­ria was run­ning to first af­ter a lead­off sin­gle when he grabbed the back of his right leg, then pretty much headed straight to the dugout .

Hechavar­ria is the third starter to be side­lined with a mus­cle-re­lated in­jury in the past week, fol­low­ing 3B Matt Duffy, who is aim­ing to re­turn Satur­day from right ham­string tight­ness, and RF Car­los Gomez, who is on the 10-day dis­abled list with a right groin strain.

Joey Wen­dle re­placed Hechavar­ria and went to sec­ond base, with Daniel Robert­son mov­ing to short­stop.

Hechavar­ria will be re-eval­u­ated to­day, though DL stints are pretty much au­to­matic for ham­string strains. If so, the team would have to at least con­sider call­ing up top prospect Willy Adames from Triple A, though it would be re­luc­tant to start his ser­vice time clock. An­other op­tion is to bank on Duffy re­turn­ing and use Robert­son at short­stop and call up a util­ity player.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Short­stop Adeiny Hechavar­ria, shown here dur­ing a game last week, hurts his ham­string in the sec­ond in­ning of Thurs­day’s game against the An­gels.

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