The last thing the Rays wanted to see was another pitcher walk off the mound with an injury, but that’s what happened Thursday when LHP Jake McGee could not continue pitching after taking a line drive by 3B Miguel Cabrera off his left shin in the seventh inning. McGee threw two warm-up pitches before heading to the trainer’s room. “I didn’t want to risk it just in case,” McGee said. “It’s also my push-off leg and I put a lot of pressure on it.” The injury is a contusion and McGee is listed as day-to-day, though he said he thinks he will be able to pitch Friday night when the Rays begin a 10-game homestand with the first of three games against the Orioles. It was a 3-1 game when manager Joe Maddon called for McGee in the sixth, hoping he could hold the Tigers an enable the Rays to come back against Detroit’s bullpen. McGee allowed a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Avisail Garcia to make it a 4-1 game. McGee struck out Andy Dirks to end the inning then struck out Torii Hunter to begin the seventh before being felled by Cabrera’s comebacker. “I was feeling good,” he said. “I was locating really well. It’s unfortunate something like that happens, especially when you’re feeling good that day.” Archer and the O’s RHP Chris Archer makes his second start of the season tonight, and Maddon doesn’t want him to change anything from his first start. “Tried and true like he did last year when he came back up,” Maddon said. “Beat up the strike zone with the fastball. He was better with the fastball command last year the second time through. Slider, I don’t think he knows how good his slider is.” Archer went four innings Saturday in Cleveland during his season debut. He allowed five runs on seven hits. Two of those hits were two-run homers by Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera off hanging changeups.
McGee day-to-day with shin contusion
Tampa Tribune | Jun 7