Devil Rays fans were not able to enjoy Saturday’s 19-6 win very long. During the game Ty Wiggington was hit on the hand by a pitch from Shawn Chacon. The pitch broke a bone in Wiggy’s hand and he was placed on the DL and will be out 4-6 weeks. In addition, Scott Kazmir, who had his Friday start bumped back to Tuesday because of shoulder soreness, also appears headed to the DL. This appears to be a precautionary move on the part of the Devil Rays. There is no sense taking any risks with Kid K’s arm at this point in the season, so it appears to be a good idea to shut him down for a couple of weeks and give him some rest. We expect J. P. Howell will be called up to replace Kaz in the rotation. He has major league experience and has dominated at AAA Durham since being acquired for Joey Gathright. As for Wiggy, this setback has a profound and immediate impact on the ballclub. First and foremost, Wiggington had been mentioned in trade talks the last few days. This injury eliminates any possibility of picking up a prospect for the infielder who was having a career year. In addition, this frees up yet another spot on the roster that management needs to fill. The obvious choice is B. J. Upton. Upton has continued to struggle defensively since being moved to thirdbase following the Aubrey Huff trade, but the team may want to see what he can do at the major league level. Another possibility is Kevin Witt, who leads the IL in home runs with 30, and has some experience at thirdbase at the major league level.

Rays place Wigington on DL [ESPN]
Notes: Kazmir headed to DL []



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