The injury bug continues to plague the Rays’ clubhouse. Kyle Farnsworth is the latest, as he now has “elbow soreness” and will see a doctor. According to Marc Topkin, Farnsworth’s status for opening day is “uncertain.”
[UPDATE: Topkin now says Farnsworth will indeed start season on the DL]
There were already reasons to be concerned with the Rays’ unofficial closer.
Farnsworth is 36 and missed time at the end of last season with “elbow tenderness.”
And statistically, his .250 Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) in 2011 was the lowest mark of his career. While the addition of the Rays’ golden gloves behind him certainly helped, his 3.16 FIP shows that his 2.18 ERA was the product of at least a little luck.
Hey, we’ll be the first to admit that we were wrong about Farnsworth. He certainly pitched well early in the first half of 2011. But Troy Percival also pitched well for the first four months of his two-year deal.
And now the Rays have another $3.3 million invested in a pitcher who, at best, may be in and out of the bullpen this season. And at worst, he may have to sit on the shelf for an extended period of time.