Days after trade, Rays welcome Ryne Stanek to visiting clubhouse

One of the original “openers” joined the Marlins in St. Petersburg on Sunday, his first time back at Tropicana Field since Tampa Bay traded him to Miami on Wednesday.
Published August 4

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays welcomed back former opener Ryne Stanek during Sunday’s game against the Marlins, playing a tribute video to the right-handed bullpen arm on the jumbotron between the fourth and fifth innings.

Stanek, who was dealt to Miami on Wednesday, said he was surprised to be involved in a deal at the trade deadline.

At the time of the July 31 deadline, the Rays were on the road in Boston, but Stanek remained in St. Petersburg to continue his rehab for right hip soreness. Shortly before the clock struck 4 p.m., Stanek was playing catch with bullpen catcher Scott Cursi. He joked with Cursi, saying that if he got traded the front office could just yell at him to get off the field.

About five minutes later, as Stanek was changing his shoes in the clubhouse, his phone began to ring. Erik Neander, the Rays general manager, was on the other end of the line.

“Oh, I just got traded,” Stanek said to himself when Neander’s name flashed on his phone screen.

The Rays pulled off a trade at the buzzer, sending Stanek and outfield prospect Jesus Sanchez to Miami in exchange for right-handed pitchers Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards.

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Stanek, who has been on the injured list retro to July 22, did not join the Marlins active roster in time to face his former team. A myriad of rain delays and postponements pushed back his rehab appearances, making it impossible for him to face live batters before Sunday’s game.

“I feel like anybody wants to face their old team right away if they get the chance,” Stanek said. “It was a little strange that this is the first trip I make with [the Marlins].”

Chirinos feeling healthy

Rays starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos largely silenced the Marlins lineup on Sunday, rebounding well from his seven-run effort last week in Toronto. Chirinos did not allow a hit through his first 3 ⅔ innings, but then surrendered a solo home run to Marlins right fielder Brian Anderson. He gave up one more hit, a double in the top of the fifth inning, before leaving the game with right middle finger inflammation.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Chirinos felt some discomfort in his finger after throwing a breaking ball in the fourth inning.

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“We’re going to get it checked out,” Cash said. “He could have continued pitching, but fingers, wrists, all those things are a little tricky, so we’ll get the doctors to look at it.”

Chirinos said his finger felt uncomfortable but he does not expect to miss any time on the mound. A potential injury to Chirinos would threaten an already depleted pitching staff for Tampa Bay. With Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell on the injured list, missed time for Chirinos would put more pressure Ryan Yarbrough, All-Star Charlie Morton and rookie Brendan McKay

Miscellany

Professional wrestler Matt Riddle threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday. Fans got a chance to meet Riddle and other WWE NXT Superstars during a meet and greet after the game.

Professional wrestler Matt Riddle throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rays game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 in St. Petersburg. CHRIS URSO   |   Times CHRIS URSO   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times
Professional wrestler Matt Riddle throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rays game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 in St. Petersburg. CHRIS URSO | Times CHRIS URSO | Times | Tampa Bay Times

Orlando native and Lakewood High School product Bo Bichette will make his return to St. Petersburg on Monday with the Toronto Blue Jays. Bichette, the son of former major leaguer Dante Bichette, debuted with Toronto on July 29.

Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow will begin an interval throwing program Monday. There remains no timetable for his return.

Since the calendar flipped to July, Rays catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been on a tear at the plate. From July 3 to August 3, d’Arnaud posted a .346/.446/.701 slash line, good for a 1.147 OPS. d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 at the plate on Sunday, drawing a walk in the fifth inning and driving in a run on a single in the seventh.

New acquisitions are contributing right away for the Rays. Eric Sogard launched a pair of home runs and Nick Anderson fired a scoreless inning on Saturday. Jesus Aguilar launched his own home run, a 446-foot moonshot, in Sunday’s rout over the Marlins.

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