It looks like the Rays pitching staff is getting closer to full health as right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe is the next arm to be nearing his return to the majors, beginning a rehab assignment in Triple-A Durham on Tuesday.
Roe was originally placed on the 10-day IL after reporting discomfort in his shoulder following his first appearance on the mound in the 2021 season, where he gave up two earned runs in 0.2 innings of work against the Miami Marlins.
That initial left shoulder strain turned into a diagnosis that was to have him sidelined for up to 12 weeks as he was placed on the 60-day IL on April 6.
Roe is eligible to return off the IL on Thursday, but considering the amount of time he’s been out and the fact he got injured so early into the season, don’t expect him to be back with the Rays immediately on Thursday.
The righty is going to need several outings to get back up to game speed, so the earliest Rays fans will get to see him back on the team will be early next week.
Roe has been a reliable arm for the Rays, but he has dealt with his fair share of injury problems in his career, including in Tampa Bay.
With the bullpen Tampa Bay is currently riding with, there’s really no reason to rush Roe up as there are plenty of capable minor league arms that can come up right now without even needing to bring him up.
Let him stretch his arm out, test the waters and see where it is and then, if he says he’s good to go, bring him up.
One more thing of note: according to Baseball Savant, Roe had the most horizontal movement on his slider of anyone in MLB by over three inches.
He was the only pitcher in MLB to have 20+ inches of horizontal movement on his slider. Hopefully, Roe will not only be back on the mound soon, but will be as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than he has been with the Rays.