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Brendan McKay
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Shut down with another arm issue
PTampa Bay Rays  AAA
May 14, 2024
McKay will be shut down for 5-to-6 weeks after he was diagnosed Tuesday with a flexor/pronator strain and an accompanying UCL sprain in his left elbow, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays are hopeful that McKay will be able to build back up after the shutdown period and return to full baseball activities in three months. However, given the nature of the injury and McKay's history -- he missed all of 2023 while recovering from Tommy John surgery -- it's far from a guarantee that he'll pitch again in 2024. The lefty had pitched well at Double-A Montgomery this season before getting hurt, allowing just two runs (one earned) with a 17:1 K:BB over 18 innings. He was promoted to Triple-A Durham on May 3 but didn't appear in any games before being placed on the 7-day injured list that same day and then getting transferred to the 60-day IL on Saturday.