Tampa Bay Rays right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth exited last night's contest against the Boston Red Sox with tightness in his throwing forearm. Manager Joe Maddon told Adam Berry of MLB.com that it's "possible" Farnsworth could land on the DL as a result of the injury.
Farnsworth pitched to only one batter during his 11th-inning appearance, striking out Dustin Pedroia on eight pitches. When he returned to the dugout, he complained of forearm tightness and soreness in his elbow, so Maddon elected to replace him with left-hander Cesar Ramos. The skipper said that he wasn't going to allow Farnsworth to pitch through the discomfort even though the game was in extra innings.
If Farnsworth is placed on the DL as a result of the ailment, the Rays would call up a fresh bullpen arm following last night's 14-inning marathon against the Red Sox. The team has Jake McGee, Jamey Wright, Joel Peralta and Alex Torres available out of the bullpen tonight, according to Maddon, but they could certainly use an extended outing from starter Roberto Hernandez.
While he has been scoreless over his last two appearances, Farnsworth is sporting a season ERA of 6.75.
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